HAMMOND | Purdue University Calumet professor Yahya R. Kamalipour has received worldwide accolades, honors and awards for the strides he has taken furthering global communication.
Now, interested readers can learn more about his impact and background in a new, biographical book, "Traveler of the Global Village: Biography of Yahya Kamalipour."
The Munster resident is a native of Ravar/Kerman, Iran. Also head of PUC’s communication and creative arts department, he has edited 14 published books on global media-related topics. He also serves on the editorial and advisory boards of several communication journals and professional organizations.
Additionally, he developed PUC’s Center for Global Studies, which serves to advance new information about strategies, practices and trends in education, global culture, politics, media and economics by connecting and engaging researchers worldwide.
Released this spring at the 24th International Book Exhibit in Iran, the Kamalipour biography was written by friend Negin Hosseini-Goodrich, a journalist and visiting scholar who also has relocated to Munster.
“Professor Kamalipour is a very well-known person in Iran,” the author said. “Though there are a good number of educated Iranians in different positions in the States, especially at universities, he is the only Iranian academic person in the communication field teaching at an American (postsecondary) school.”
In addition to Kamalipour’s life, the book provides a local history about communication and mass media, Hosseini-Goodrich added.
“As a very young boy, all professor Kamalipour had known was a small village and its few people. All he had to learn from was one or two religious books.”
The book is written in Persian (or Farsi) language and, currently, is available only in Iran.
According to PUC Professor of Communication William Robinson, Kamalipour’s contributions to global communication are important. “Normally, this kind of publication is considered to be evidence of truly impressive scholarship and accomplishment,” Robinson said. “It marks Yahya’s status as one of the foremost media scholars in the world today.”
Kamalipour came to PUC in 1986 and has degrees from Marshalltown (Iowa) Community College, Minnesota State University, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, with a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.