Hemant Shah elected as 12th Director of the School

School of Journalism and Mass Communication director Hemant Shah

We are pleased to formally announce that the faculty and staff of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication have elected Professor Hemant Shah to serve as our 12th Director, starting in summer 2014.  In his nearly 25 years at Madison, Professor Shah has explored diversity and disparity in mass communication, connecting issues of identity and representation in the media across not just race and ethnicity, but also nation and diaspora.  His work has centered around some of the most important media case studies of the day, from the partisan political debate over Latino/Hispanic immigration to the crisis and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. An expert on critical and cultural approaches to mass communication through qualitative inquiry and research, Shah received his B.A. in Communication and Sociology from the University of California-San Diego, his M.A. in Communication from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. from the Indiana University School of Journalism.  He is the author of The Production of Modernization: Daniel Lerner, Mass Media and the Passing of Traditional Society (Temple University Press, 2011), co-author of Newspaper Coverage of Interethnic Conflict: Competing Visions of America (Sage Publications, 2004), and co-editor of Reorienting Global Communication: Indian and Chinese Media Beyond Border (University of Illinois Press, 2010).  We are delighted that Professor Shah has agreed to serve the School in this important leadership role, at a time when debates over the quality of mass communication in a global, digital, and multicultural society are more important than ever.