Hemant Shah

Credentials: Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism

Position title: School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Email: hgshah@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-2928

5002 Vilas Communication Hall
821 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706

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Hemant Shah

Hemant Shah is a Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism and has served as the new director for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication since 2014. He is affiliated with the Asian American Studies Program, Center for South Asia and the Global Studies Program. He earned his Ph.D. in mass communication from Indiana University, his M.A. in communication studies from Purdue University and his B.A. in communication and sociology from the University of California-San Diego.

Shah joined the faculty in 1990 and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on mass media, race and ethnicity; critical and cultural approaches to mass communication; qualitative inquiry and research; and international communication.

In both the U.S. and international contexts, Shah’s research investigates the role of mass media in various types of social change, such as national development, construction of cultural identities, creation of racial anxieties, social movements, and other similar processes. Shah has conducted fieldwork in India and Uganda and his research has been published in African Media ReviewAsian Journal of CommunicationCommunication TheoryThe Communication ReviewCritical Studies in Mass CommunicationHoward Journal of CommunicationInternational Journal of Intercultural CommunicationJournalism MonographsJournalism QuarterlyMedia Asia, and other journals. Shah 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).