Paula Chakravartty, Associate Professor

Associate Professor
B.A. Political Science, McGill University, 1991
M.S. Communication, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1995
Ph.D. Communication, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1999

Paula Chakravartty’s interests focus on global media and politics. Her research and teaching interests span comparative political economy of media industries, postcolonial and critical race theory, and social movements and global governance. She is the co-editor of Race, Empire and the Crisis of the Subprime (with Denise Ferreira da Silva, Johns Hopkins Press, 2013), the co-author of Media Policy and Globalization (with Katharine Sarikakis, University of Edinburgh Press and Palgrave, 2006), and co-editor of Global Communications: Towards a Transcultural Political Economy , (with Yuezhi Zhao, Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). Her writings have been published in a number of journals, including American Quarterly , International Journal of Communication , Media Culture and Society and Political Communication . Her current two main research projects include: a book on the politics of digital inclusion in Brazil and India; and a second collaborative multi-year research project funded by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) on mediated activism in India, China and the Middle East. She is jointly appointed with the Department of Media, Culture and Communications in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development.


Professor Paula Chakravartty co-organized the International Conference, “Media as Activism,” held at the India International Centre in New Delhi in October 2014. She was the plenary speaker in September 2014 for “Voice and Matter,” Malmö University’s Master’s program in Communication for Development, led by Oscar Hemer in Sweden, and Roskilde University’s Communication, Journalism and Social Change research group. She was the plenary speaker on “Race, Caste and Media from a Comparative Perspective,” International Association of Mass Communication Research, Hyderabad, India, in July 2014. She gave the keynote address for the Transnational Communications Methods & Practice: Mapping Technologies and Futures Symposium, held at the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in April 2013.

Professor Chakravartty was awarded a Social Science Research Council Transnational Virtual Research Institute Inter-Asia Grant on Mediated Activism. She organized the two-day a conference “The Infrastructures of Empire,” held April 25-26th, 2014 at Gallatin and sponsored by the Social Science Research Council. She is the co-organizer for the “Workshop in Comparative Investigative Journalisms,” which will be held in October 2014 in New Delhi, India, and which is co-sponsored by the Social Science Research Council and the New Delhi-based Center for the Studies of Developing Societies.

Professor Chakravartty edited, along with Denise Ferreira da Silva, a special issue of American Quarterly called Race, Empire and the Crisis of the Subprime (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), which was awarded the 2013 Best Special Issue Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. The essay “Media Pluralism Redux: Towards New Frameworks of Comparative Media Studies ‘Beyond the West,’” which she co-authored with Srirupa Roy, was published in the 2013 issue of Popular Communication: International Journal of Media and Culture. She co-authored, along with Sreela Sarkar, “Entrepreneurial Justice: The New Spirit of Capitalism in Emergent India,” which was published in 2013 in Popular Communication: International Journal of Media and Culture.