Professor Baharul  Islam

Professor Baharul Islam

Visiting Professor

Department of Media and Communications

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English, Hindi
Key Expertise
Communications strategy, Media, Films, Public policy and governance

About me

Professor Baharul Islam has been teaching and researching in the areas of Communications, Law, Education, Films, Media, Public Policy and Governance for more than twenty-five years. At present he is the Professor & Chair, Communications Area at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kashipur which is one of the top business schools set up by the Government of India. He also serves as the Chairperson of the Centre of Excellence in Public Policy and Government at the Institute. He was the Dean of IIM Kashipur during 2019-2021. Starting his career as a faculty at the National Institute of Technology, Silchar, India in 1994, he went on to teach at a number of universities abroad. Between 2002 and 2012 he served on several international assignments with UN agencies like UNESCO, UNECA, and UNESCAP. He was the Chairman and CEO of the South Asian Regional Gateway during 2007-2012).

In 2020 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Prof Islam also serves as Fellow at the US India Policy Institute in Washington DC and in 2015 he was selected as an International Fellow at the King Abdullah International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna. During 2016-2018 he was on deputation as a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (2016-2018) where he worked on Literature of the Northeast.

He holds three masters’ degrees: LLM in Telecom and Information Technology Laws from the University of Strathclyde (UK), MA (English) from Aligarh Muslim University, India and MBA from IK Gujral Technical University, India. He did two PhDs: one in English from Tezpur University and another in Social Work (Transitional Justice) from Assam Don Bosco University. He did his post-Doctoral research at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. Besides he has obtained B.Ed. degree specializing in Educational Planning and Administration. He has recently completed his dissertation on Influence of New Media on English language for a D.Litt. from Kumaun University. Dr Islam is a recipient of the United Kingdom Telecom Academy Fellowship (2004), the Andrew Towl Endowment scholarship at the Harvard Business School (2013) and the IPDET Fellowship at the University of Bern (Switzerland) in 2018.

He is presently on summer break from Indian Institute of Management Kashipur while Visiting Professor at the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.

Expertise Details

Communications strategy; Media; Films; Public policy and governance; Information and communications planning


  • Bell, A. H., Smith, D. M. & Islam, K. M. B. (2022). Business Communication (Indian Edition), Wiley.

  • Islam, K. M. B. (2022). Revisiting the Sociohistorical Journey of English in India. Intellection, 8-9, pp.  81-104.

  • Islam, Islam, K. M. B. (ed.) (2022). Literatures from Northeast India: Beyond the Centre–Periphery Debate, London: Routledge.

  • Fatima, S. & Islam, K. M. B. (2021). Negotiating Gender Spaces in Mainstream Bollywood Narratives: A Thematic Discourse Analysis of Female Representation. In Marron, M. B. (ed). Misogyny across Global Media. Rowman & Littlefield.

  • Islam, K. M. B. & Khan, A. (2018). Social Media Monitoring in India: A Circumstantial Analysis. In Chakraborty, S. (ed.) Handbook of Social Media for Digital and Social Inclusion.

  • UNESCAP (2018). Co-deployment and resilience of fibre optics along the Asian Highway and the Trans-Asian Railway network in India and Bangladesh.

  • Islam, K. M. B. & Noomani, M. Z. M. (eds.) (2018). Environmental Impact Assessment: Precept and Practice. Routledge. 

  • Islam, K. M. B (2018). Co-deployment and resilience of fibre optics along the Asian Highway and the Trans-Asian Railway network in India and Bangladesh. Bangkok: UNESCAP.

  • Islam, K. M. B. (2018). Issues in English Language Teaching: Gender in Language Education. Intellection, 6(2), pp. 1-8.

  • Dash, B. B. & Islam, K. M. B. (2017). The Delhi Rape Case: The Role of Social Media in Protests and Policy Change. In Juliet Dee (Ed.), From Tahrir Square to Ferguson: Social Networks as Facilitators of Social Movements. New York: Peter Lang.

  • Singh, N. & Islam, K. M. B. (2017). Predictive Analytics to Model Animal Movement and Intrusions in Human Habitat. International Journal of Development and Conflict, 7(2017), pp. 81–96.

  • Islam, K. M. B. & Raushan, A. (eds.) (2017). Educational Policy Reforms: National Perspective. Bloomsbury

  • Islam, K. M. B. & Raushan, A. (eds.) (2016). Public Policy Agenda: Decrypting Sustainability for India. Bloomsbury.

  • Islam, K. M. B. & Roy, N. (eds.) (2015). New Directions in Media. Bloomsbury.Islam, K. M. B. & Iftekhar, S. N. (eds.) (2015). International Perspectives on Comparative Education Policy. Bloomsbury.