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Paula Chakravartty

Paula Chakravartty

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.


Along with Professor Srirupa Roy, Professor Chakravartty edited the May 2015 issue for the journal Television and New Media. The articles in Modi and the Media: Indian Politics and Electoral Aftermath focus on the rapid expansion of the commercial media field and the resurgence of the Hindu Nationalist BJP under the leadership of Narendra Modi. Professor Chakravartty attended the workshop “New India’s World,” which was organized by the Centre of Global South Asian Studies, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, ssponsored by the Danish Council for Independent Research | Social Sciences (FSE), and held at the University of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark, in April 2015. Professor Chakravartty gave a talk, “Cool Capitalism and the Re-Making of Development in India,” at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, in April 2015.

Professor 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.



Contact Information

Paula Chakravartty

Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 416
(212) 998-7340
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Office Hours
Monday Sabbatical
Tuesday Sabbatical
Wednesday Sabbatical
Thursday Sabbatical
Friday Sabbatical


2015 Fall

Fashion, Politics and Justice
Tue,Thu 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

2014 Summer

Media and Global Social Movements
Mon,Wed 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

2014 Fall

U.S. Empire and the Global South: The Long 20th Century
Tue 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM

2013 Fall

Media and Global Social Movements
Tue,Thu 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Media and Empire
Tue,Thu 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

media, markets and modernity; media and empire; news cultures and democracy; media and global social movements; political economy of development; gender, labor and consumer culture; media, migration and race

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