Jordan Stalker is a doctoral candidate in the SJMC. His dissertation investigates the media culture of the Indian diaspora in the United States, specifically those living and working in the greater Chicago area. He is interested in why and how the news and information needs of Indian immigrants change upon arrival and how those information needs differ from second-generation Indian-Americans. He is particularly interested in what kinds of business/economic/financial news those groups are interested in. He is also exploring the rise of the Professional Kabaddi League as what he calls a “global instrument of the Indian media diaspora,” arguing that the rise of a professionalized version of the traditional Indian game is a prime example of how India contributes to the global media ecology.
He has published articles and review essays in Journal of Communication, Review of Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, New Media & Society and contributed a chapter to an edited volume, Microhistories of Communication Studies: Mapping the Future of Communication through Local Narratives. He has presented regularly at field-leading conferences including IAMCR, NCA, and AEJMC.
Keywords: diaspora media; global media; history communication; digital media culture