Radhika Parameswaran

Radhika Parameswaran

Professor, Journalism

Herman B. Wells Endowed Professor, Media

  • rparames@indiana.edu
  • (812) 855-8569
  • Franklin Hall 230H
  • Office Hours
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My research interests include feminist cultural studies, gender and media globalization, South Asia, and postcolonial studies. I am interested in feminist and international cultural studies inquiry that bridges the disciplines of media studies, women's studies, and South Asian studies. A consistent theme that runs through my research is the complexity of gender as a multidimensional social category whose meaning evolves only in relation to other social formations of race, class, caste, race, and ethnicity.

My work emphasizes the ways in which historical and economic processes-colonialism, nationalism, and globalization-shape the social construction of gender and modernity. In addition, my analysis of global and local media culture through the lens of postcolonial theories contributes to the growing field of postcolonial media studies, a recent intellectual direction in international communication. I have employed a range of qualitative methods including participant observation, focus groups, in-depth interviews, textual analysis, and discourse analysis to address these broad questions.

My research has been published in a variety of academic journals including Global Media & Communication, Journal of Communication, Journal of Children & Media, Communication, Culture, & Critique, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Theory, Qualitative Inquiry, Communication Review, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies.