I am interested in questions of technology, history and culture with a focus on South and West Asia. My scholarship advances the field of communication by moving beyond US and Western European dominated topics and approaches. Toward that end, my research builds on insights from “area studies” to examine mediated communication processes in Asia. I also engage in conversations surrounding the impact of interdisciplinary knowledge and public engagement on communication scholarship.


Refereed Journal Articles

Alex, D. R., & Paul, S. (2022). News as religion: Practices of mediation in a Catholic community in South India. Newspaper Research Journal, 07395329221100542.

Paul, S. & Palmer, R. (2022). The View from the Hinterland: Caste, Gender and Press Freedom in Hindi News Reporting. Asian Journal of Communication, 1-18. DOI:10.1080/01292986.2021.2016874

Paul, S. & Terry, T. (2022). Each Fairy-tale, Each Myth: The Collapse of Vertical Media into a Welter of Disequilibrating Horizontal Media. The Agenda Setting Journal, 5(2), 205-218.

Paul, S. & Dowling, D. (2020). Gandhi’s Newspaperman: T.G. Narayanan and the Quest for an Independent India, 1938-46Modern Asian Studies, 54(2), 471-501.

Paul, S. (2020). Journalism, not “Cheerleading”: An Ombudsman’s Paradigm Repair in the JNU Sedition Case in IndiaJournalism, 21(3), 423-440.

Paul, S. & Sosale, S. (2020). Witnessing a Disaster: Public Use of Digital Technologies in the 2015 South Indian Floods. Digital Journalism, 8(1), 15-31.

Paul, S. (2019). The Gulf Crisis and Narratives of Emotionality in Nepal’s English-Language Press. International Journal of Communication, 13, 1323-1339.

Paul, S. (2018). Between Participation and Autonomy: Understanding Indian Citizen JournalistsJournalism Practice, 12(5), 526-542. [lead article]

Paul, S. & Dowling, D. (2018). Digital Archiving as Social Protest: Dalit Camera and the Mobilization of India’s “Untouchables.” Digital Journalism, 6(9), 1239-1254.

Paul, S. (2017). Meskwaki Language Threat Gets Token News CoverageNewspaper Research Journal, 38(3), 366-378.

Paul, S. & Carpenter, J.C. (2017). Jokes in Public: The Ethical Implications of Radio Prank CallsEthical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 14(2/3), 33-41.

Paul, S. (2017). A New Public Sphere? English-language Stand-up Comedy in IndiaContemporary South Asia, 25(2), 121-135. [lead article]

Paul, S. (2017). “When India was Indira”: Indian Express’s Coverage of the Emergency, 1975-77. Journalism History, 42(4), 201-211.

Book Chapters

Paul, S. (2018). East India Comedy: Channeling the Public Sphere in Online Satire In From Networks to Netflix: A Guide to Changing Channels. Derek Johnson (Ed.) New York: Routledge. pp. 265-273.

Encyclopedia Entries

Paul, S. & Berkowitz, D. (2019). Social Construction of News. The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. Folker Hanusch and Tim Vos (Eds.). New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.

Special Issue/Section Editor

Paul, S. (2018). Mediating Global Migration. Special Issue of Journal of Communication Inquiry, 42 (4), 315-317.

Paul, S. (2018). 1968 Movements and Activism. Special Section in Journal of Communication Inquiry, 42(3), 281-283.

Other Publications

Dowling, D. & Paul, S. (2019). Digital Literary Journalism in Opposition: Meena Kandasamy and the Dalit Online Movement in India. Literary Journalism Studies, 11(1), 86-99.


Paul, Subin. “Newspaper as Everyday Technology: Notes from Rural South India.” Technology, Empire and Decolonization in South Asia Workshop, Princeton University, April 2021.