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About Shakuntala Rao

Shakuntala Rao came to SUNY-Plattsburgh in 1992 after completing her Ph.D. at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Shakuntala's research and teaching interests are the areas of global media, journalism ethics, postcolonial theory, and popular culture. She has published extensively and influentially in both Communication and interdisciplinary journals such as Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies, _Women's Studies International Forum_, _Journal of Communication_, _Global Media Journal_, _Communication Review_, _Journalism: Theory, Practice, Method_, _Howard Journal of Communication_, _Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media_, _American Journalism Review_, _Journal of Communication Inquiry_, _Asian Journal of Communication_, and _Journal for the Society of Social Research_.
Her current research has two foci. As part of a research group comprised of Herman Wasserman (Rhodes University, South Africa), Clifford Christians (U of Illinois-Urbana), and Stephen J.A. Ward (U of Oregon), Shakuntala has been working on a project titled, "Towards Global Media Ethics: Exploring New Theoretical Perspectives." The group jointly authored a monograph-length paper which appeared as a special issue in _Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies_. The group has also organized and hosted Roundtables for scholars and journalists at Stellenbosch University (South Africa) Zayed University (Dubai, United Arab Emerates), and Indian Institute of Mass Communication (Delhi, India). Her recent work in global media ethics have appeared in the journals _Journalism Studies_ and _Journal for Mass Media Ethics_, and presented at the International Communication Association conference (Singapore), Russian Communication Association conference (Moscow), International Association for Mass Communication Research conference (Istanbul), Latin American Journalism Conference (Santiago), and MIT7: Media in Transition conference (Cambridge, Mass.). Her most recent articles on global media ethics have appeared in the journals _Journalism Practice_ & _Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies_, & book chapters in the anthologies, _The Handbook of Global Communication_ and _Media Ethics_ (Wiley-Blackwell). Shakuntala is also the co-editor (with Muhammad Ayish, Sharjah University, UAE) of an anthology titled, _Explorations in Global Media Ethics_ (Rutledge, 2012) and has just completed a second anthology titled, _Ethics Matters: Justice and Ethics in the Age of Globalization_ (co-edited with Herman Wasserman).
Shakuntala has received several grants and awards including the Ford Foundation Faculty Award, Senior Fulbright Scholarship, Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study (South Africa), Fellow at the Ethics Colloquia at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Nuala Drescher Award. She has been involved in training & in conducting workshops on ethics for print & television journalists in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, & Kazakhstan.


Present Professor & Chair, Department of Communications Studies, SUNY Plattsburgh

Curriculum Vitae

Communication, Media, Ethics (23)