Tony Kashani, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty


  • Ph.D.  in Humanities with a concentration in Transformative Learning and  Change, 2007,  California Institute of Integral Studies

  • M.A., Cinema Studies, 2001, San Francisco State University

  • B.A., Broadcast and Electronic Communication Art with a concentration in Radio and Television, 1987, San Francisco State University


Tony Kashani, Ph.D.,   is an American author, educator, philosopher of technology, and a  cultural critic. He was born in Tehran to Azerbaijani parents, an ethnic  minority in Iran. He grew up speaking Farsi and Turkish, and after  migrating at the critical age of fifteen to his adopted home of  California, English became his primary language of intellectualism.  Speaking three languages and being aware of three distinctly different  cultures at once gave Kashani the impetus to seek a philosophy of  cosmopolitanism, where one embraces all cultures and is at ease in most  countries in the world. He received his bachelor’s degree in radio and  television and later his master’s degree in cinema studies from San  Francisco State University.

He  holds a PhD degree in Humanities with emphasis on culture studies from  California Institute of Integral Studies. His writing, teaching, and  intellectual activism are anchored in critical theory and pedagogy,  influenced by writers such as Kafka, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Camus, and  Steinbeck, and thinkers such as Fredrick Nietzsche, Hannah Arendt, Paulo  Ferrier, Edward Said, Henry Giroux, John Dewey, Herbert Marcuse, Noam  Chomsky, Erich Fromm, Jacques Derrida, and Michel Foucault. Kashani is  the author of five books in Humanities; Deconstructing the Mystique,  (2005, 2009, Kendall/Hunt Press), Hollywood’s Exploited: Public  Pedagogy, Corporate Movies, and Cultural Studies (2010,  Palgrave/MacMillan Press), Lost in Media: Ethics of Everyday Life (2013,  Peter Lang Press) and Movies Change Lives: A Pedagogy of Humanistic  Transformation (Peter Lang Press, 2016). His chapter on Critical Media  Literacy in the 3 volume Handbook of Critical Pedagogy (2020, Sage  Publications) is a deliberation on impact of new media on the human  condition.  Kashani is a subject matter expert and faculty, for several  universities in the United States, focusing his interdisciplinary  scholarship and pedagogy on humanities in the digital age and social  justice.  He is an advocate of global diversity.

Given  that we live in the planetary age where we find ourselves  interconnected and in many ways interdependent with one another on a  global scale, there exist various conditions between the “self” and the  “other.”  I am sensitive to and take great care to pay attention to the  reality of diversity in the planetary context. If the self builds  solidarity with the other harmony is achieved and we can all live at  ease with while engaging differences. This requires sound ethics of  virtue, mainly courage and compassion.

Presently,  Dr. Kashani is completing his latest book (Deus Ex Machina) manuscript  on the paradox of being human in the digital age. On a personal side, he  is a practicing Black Belt in Karate and as a student of Zen philosophy  believes in balancing his life with mindfulness to result in a  harmonious mind/body/spirit existence. He lives with his family in the  San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Kashani’s personal website is
His podcast address (also available on iTunes and Apple Podcasts) is