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Paula Chakravartty

Associate Professor
(212) 992-6307
239 Greene, Room 816

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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. 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

Recent News


Professor Paula Chakravartty has been awarded the 2017 Angela Davis/W.E.B DuBois Faculty Nia Award. The award recognizes an NYU faculty member for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice through their academic work, research, teaching and scholarship, utilizing diverse media and scholarship in their teaching, facilitating dialogue and educational programming, and advocating for, mentoring, and/or empowering, marginalized or underrepresented students and/or faculty.


Professor Paula Chakravartty co-edited, with Srirupa Roy, a special issue of the International Journal of Communication, which includes an the introduction from the editors: "Mediatized Populisms: Interasian Lineages." The issue was published in October 2017 by the University of California's UNC Annenberg Press.

Along with Rachel Kuo, Victoria Grubbs, Charlton McIlwain, Paula Chakravartty co-authored "#CommunicationSoWhite," which appeared in the Journal of Communication, Volume 68, Issue 2, in April 2018.

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

Along with 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 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 presented 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.

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.