Radha Sarma Hegde

Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University


Radha Sarma Hegde is Professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. Her research and teaching focus on migration, media flows, globalization and transnational feminism. She is the author of Mediating Migration, (Polity 2016) editor of Circuits of Visibility: Gender and Transnational Media Cultures (NYU Press, 2011) and co-editor of Routledge Handbook of the Indian Diaspora (2018). Her earlier work on gender identities and reproductive politics in south India include 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. Radha serves on the editorial board of several major journals in the field of media and cultural studies. She is currently co-editor of the journal Feminist Media 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 in India, 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 wrote 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 working at the intersection of gender violence and migration.