About

Radha Sarma Hegde

Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University


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Radha Sarma Hegde
is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. Her research and teaching focus on gender, transnational feminism, media flows, migration and globalization and media flows. Her edited book, Circuits of Visibility: Gender and Transnational Media Cultures was published by NYU Press in July 2011. Her recent book Mediating Migration was published by Polity Press (December, 2015, UK/ February 2016, USA). Her earlier work focused on gender identities and reproductive politics in south India and included ethnographies conducted in south India on the subject of violence and motherhood. Her work has appeared in journals such as Communication Theory, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Feminist Media Studies, Violence against Women, Global Media and Communication. She is currently co-editor of the journal Feminist Media Studies and serves on the editorial board of several major journals in the field of media and cultural studies.

Radha was awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Professional Excellence award and spent the academic year (2014-2015) in India researching her next project which tracks the cultural politics of English in India and how it has evolved from its colonial histories to being the language of communication and global aspirations today. During her stay, Radha was affiliated with the Sarojini Naidu school of Communication, University of Hyderabad.

With a Masters in English from the University of Delhi, India and then a Masters in Journalism from the Ohio State University, Radha has also been a journalist writing for the Indian Express in Chennai, India, before she launched on her academic career. She is one of the founding members of Manavi, the first feminist South Asian group established in the United States and been an activist in the area of gender violence and migration.