Manisha Pathak-Shelat

Associate Professor, Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA), India

Manisha Pathak-Shelat received her Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison in 2014. She came to UW-Madison with a Ph.D. in Education and a number of years’ work experience as a media consultant and professor. She is now an Associate Professor with the Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA), India’s premier communication institute. Her research focuses on how ordinary individuals engage with media to experience agency, to explore identities, and to participate in social change. Currently she is examining women’s use of new media technologies in experience of local and global citizenships. She continues her association with UW-Madison as a collaborator with Prof. Chris Garlough of Gender and Women’s Studies on a project digitally archiving grassroots feminist political media from India. Her work has been published in New Media & Society, Communicar, Media Asia, and as chapters in several books. Manisha’s work has been recognized by awards that include The Shastri Indo-Canadian Faculty Research Award, The Salzburg Seminar Fellowship, and the TATA .Fellowship for the Study of Contemporary India.