My teaching areas are video production (single and multiple camera) and documentary filmmaking. Before coming to Hofstra, I taught at Framingham State College, Franklin Pierce College, and Southern Connecticut State University.
I am also an independent media producer whose production portfolio consists of documentaries, programs for public broadcasting and fundraising videos for nonprofit organizations. Most recently I produced an educational video commissioned by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Jersey. Another commisioned documentary, Raising Our Voices (ROV, 2002) addresses hate-crime victims and has been screened at the Smithsonian, the Dallas Asian American Film Festival and over 100 academic institutions and community-based organizations. On September 10, 2003, ROV along with other digital media pertaining to September 11 was added to the Library of Congress permanent collection.
My independently produced documentary Serial for Breakfast, was awarded Third Place in the Documentary category at the 1999 Broadcast Education Association convention. My reviews and research have been published in the Journal of Film and Video, Journal of Transnational Broadcasting, Feedback, and the Almanac of the International Council of NATAS.
My current research and practice is focused on engaging media production students in community advocacy issues. Towards this enterprise, I am working on setting up "Media Action Project, Hofstra," a University-based community media production entity. I recently served as Program Director of Documenting Diversity, the second Summer Documentary Filmmaking workshop for High School kids. I am also involved in an advisory capacity with the 1st Databazaar South Asian Scholarship Fund, an initiative ≥aimed at promoting greater understanding of business and culture between the United States and South Asian countries.
Aashish Kumar, Associate Professor, has a B.A. and an M. A. in Sociology from the University of Delhi, an M.S. in Radio/TV/Film from Indiana State University, and an M.F.A. in Television Production from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College.