Tony Kashani holds a Ph.D. in Humanities from California Institute of Integral Studies, a Master’s Degree in Cinema Studies and a Bachelor’s in Media Studies from San Francisco State University. He teaches at Brandman University/Chapman University System in the Liberal Arts department and he is also a faculty member at Kaplan University, where he teaches Ethics and Humanities. He is a scholar member of GSA (Global Studies Association) and a member of ACME (Action Coalition for Media Education). Aside from many scholarly articles, Dr. Kashani is the author of two editions of Deconstructing the Mystique: An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Cinema, (Kendall/Hunt Press) a textbook used at various universities in the US and has recently completed his latest book manuscript, Lost in Media: The Ethics of Everyday Living (forthcoming, 2012, Peter Lang Press). He is also the co-editor and contributor of Hollywood’s Exploited: Public Pedagogy, Corporate Movies, and Cultural Crisis (2010, Palgrave MacMillan Press).
A trilingual interdisciplinary thinker, Tony was born in Iran and has lived most of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area, while also having resided in Turkey and Germany for brief stints in the past. An accomplished athlete, Tony is a black belt in Shotokan Karate and is committed to achieving a balance within the “mind-body-spirit” complex.