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Paula Chakravartty

Associate Professor
(212) 992-6396
239 Greene, Room 816

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Office Hours
Wednesday 10-12

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. Her recent publications include a special issue on “Infrastructures of Empire: Towards a Critical Geopolitics of Media and Information Studies,” for Media, Culture and Society (2016) ( 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, with Katharine Sarikakis, of Media Policy and Globalization (University of Edinburgh Press and Palgrave, 2006), and co-editor, with Yuezhi Zhao, of Global Communications: Towards a Transcultural Political Economy (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 research includes a project on new frontiers of labor and migration in India and an on-going research in the area of digital media and the new political, through her involvement in the Inter-Asia research network of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). She is on the Steering Committee of South Asia at NYU and is Affiliated Faculty at the Kevorkian Center of Near Eastern Studies. She is jointly appointed with the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at Steinhardt.

Teaching and Research 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

Paula Chakravartty


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

Recent News

Professor Paula Chakravartty edited a special issue on Infrastructures of Empire for the peer-reviewed journal, Media, Culture and Society, which will be published by Sage Publications in May 2016.

Professor Chakravartty is the co-convener, along with Zeynep Gambetti (Bogaziçi University) and Srirupa Roy (University of Göttingen), of the 2016 InterAsian Connections Conference which was held in Seoul, Korea, in April 2016.

Professor Chakravartty will present a paper at the 2016 Democracy, Constitutionalism, and Citizenship Conference, “Digital Media and the Future(s) of Democracy” at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in May 2016.

Professor Chakravartty presented the paper "Bachelor Builders and Gulf Dreams for Justice" at Other Citizens: Realignments of the People and the Political in the Long Twentieth Century Workshop Program, CSSSC, held in Kolkata, India in March 9-10, 2016.

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.  

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.  



2017 Spring

U.S. Empire and the Global South: The Long 20th Century

2017 Fall

Media, Democracy and the New Political

2016 Summer

Media and Global Social Movements

2016 Spring

Media and Empire

2016 Fall

Fashion, Politics and Justice