Dumisani is Associate Professor and Vice Dean, Teaching & Learning at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). He holds a doctorate in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Oslo (2006). Prior to joining UJ in 2016, he worked as Regional Programme Manager, Media and Access to Information at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), where he led the Foundation’s efforts to promote media freedom, media diversity, access to information and ICTs for development. His previous professional experience includes Senior Lecturer and Head of Department (Wits University); Visiting Lecturer (University of Addis Ababa); Research Fellow (University of Oslo); Fulbright Scholar (College of Lake County and William Rainey Harper College, Illinois); and Lecturer (University of Zimbabwe).
Dumisani has, in the process, served as an independent consultant for several NGOs, donor organisations and multilateral organisations on a wide range of assignments, including project evaluations, strategic planning/review and research projects focusing mainly on media and democracy and media and development in Southern Africa. His research interests include a diverse range of topics, which include media policy and regulation in Africa; and (new and alternative) media and political engagement in Africa; journalism in the digital era; and media and elections. His major works include two co-authored books: Radio in Africa: Publics, Cultures, Communities (Wits University Press); and Media Policy in a Changing Southern Africa: Critical Reflections on Media Reforms in the Global Age (University of South Africa Press).