Radhika Parameswaran

The Media School IU Bloomington

Office phone:

Areas of Expertise

Gender, India, globalization, beauty, diversity, Indian Americans.

Expert Bio

Radhika Parameswaran is a professor in The Media School (chair of journalism) and adjunct faculty in the cultural studies, India studies,and gender studies programs at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research interests are globalization, gender and media, South Asia, and postcolonial studies. Her publications include a 2013 Wiley-Blackwell edited encyclopedic volume on global audience studies; two monographs in Journalism & Communication Monographs; numerous articles in leading journals in communication and media studies, with five reprinted as book chapters; and 13 book chapters.

Expert Videos

[MUSIC] [Words appear: Indiana University] [Words appear: Fulfilling the Promise] [Words appear: iu.edu] [Video: Radhika Parameswaran, professor of practice at The Media School at IU, is interviewed on camera.] [Words appear: The Media School] [Words appear: Indiana University] [Words appear: Radhika Parameswaran] [Words appear: Class of 1950 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor] [Words appear: Chair of Journalism] Parameswaran speaks: I remember arriving in the United States as an M.A. student from India more than two decades ago and enrolling in my first seminar course at Texas Christian University with Jackie Byers, a leading scholar in feminist media studies. I can still today recall vividly the thrill of wrestling with the concerns of critical humanities and ethnographic media research in her inspirational course. Although I could not understand fully the impact of Jackie's seminar on my life at the time, I can see now with hindsight that I had stumbled upon my research anchor and intellectual community. Framed by postcolonial and globalization theory and feminist cultural studies, the seeds for my dissertation research at University of Iowa on young Indian women's appetite for British romance novels were actually sown in that very first course. To this day, I feel privileged to work on topics that matter greatly to me as a woman, immigrant and a bicultural citizen of America. My feminist media scholarship allows me to rise above the gratification of individual empowerment to try to understand the vast historical distance I have traveled from my paternal grandmother -- incredibly smart and strong, but not allowed to get a formal education or work outside the home. And she had 11 children. Thanks to progressive thinkers and doers and collective global and social movements, I have inherited opportunities that were simply unknown to my brilliant grandmother. Following from this, my research quest has centered on a set of key concerns. How do the media represent the changes in India's status from a third-world nation to a rising power? Where do media representations of beauty, femininity and women's progress fit into the larger trajectory of India's economic transition? More recently, I've also become interested in the Indian diaspora in America. I am now working on a project near and dear to my heart: tracking and studying the growing number of Indian-Americans in journalism. My research and teaching are inseparable companions. I teach courses on media globalization, gender, research methods, theory and pedagogy, where I get to share all kinds of exciting work in these areas and hopefully motivate my own students to find their fulfilling paths like my professor, Jackie Byers, did for me. [MUSIC] [Words appear: Indiana University] [Words appear: Fulfilling the Promise] [Words appear: iu.edu]
View full bio

Updated on: May 17, 2019