Research

My research spans journalism studies, digital media, and international communication with a focus on South Asia. In the last five years, I have published eight sole/first-authored articles in leading peer-reviewed journals. My scholarship advances the field of communication by moving beyond European and US dominated topics and approaches. To that end, I build on theories from area studies to examine mediated communication processes in non-Western contexts.

As part of my dissertation, which is jointly funded by University of Iowa and Columbia University, I am conducting a cultural analysis of news production by and for the Indian migrant community in the Middle East. Specifically, I use Pierre’s Bourdieu’s field theory to examine how an immigrant newspaper functions in a Global South setting in which journalists are “temporary migrants.” The project enables a better understanding of how local digital and print newspapers in India are adapting to and negotiating with the demands of an increasingly global and transnational world.

I was an Obermann Graduate Fellow for publicly engaged research at the University of Iowa, and I am interested in collaborating with communities outside the university. Currently, I am partnering with the digital humanities staff at University of Iowa Libraries and with several Indian diaspora organizations in the Middle East to build a multimedia archive that portrays the everyday lives of Indians there who cultivate a dream to return to their homeland one day.

 

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PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journal Articles

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

Paul, S. & Dowling, D. (Forthcoming 2019). Gandhi’s Newspaperman: T.G. Narayanan and the Quest for an Independent India, 1938-1946. Modern Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press).

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

Paul, S. (2017). Journalism, not “Cheerleading”: An Ombudsman’s Paradigm Repair in the JNU Sedition Case in India. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism. OnlineFirst. doi: 10.1177/1464884917707844

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

Paul, S. & Carpenter, J.C. (2017). Jokes in Public: The Ethical Implications of Radio Prank Calls. Ethical 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 India. Contemporary 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. (Forthcoming). Social Construction of News. The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. Folker Hanusch and Tim Vos (Eds.). New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.

Manuscripts in Submission

Paul, S. The Qatar-Gulf Crisis and Narratives of Emotionality in Nepal’s English-language Press. International Journal of Communication. (Revise and Resubmit invite)

Paul, S. & Rose Alex, D. The Culture of Print: Newspaper Reading and Literacy Practices in Kerala, India. Communication, Culture & Critique.

Rose Alex, D. & Paul, S. Media as Religion: Practices of Mediation in a Catholic Community in South India. Journal of Media and Religion.

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Paul, S. (2018). The Qatar-Gulf Crisis and Narratives of Emotionality in Nepal’s English-language Press. Paper accepted for presentation at the 101st Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Washington, D.C., USA.

Paul, S. & Dowling, D. (2018). Dalit Online Activism: The Digital Archive as a Site of Political Resistance in India. Paper accepted for presentation at the 101st Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Washington, D.C., USA

Paul, S. & Rose Alex, D. (2018). Media as Religion: Practices of Mediation in a Catholic Community in South India. Paper accepted for presentation at the 101st Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Washington, D.C., USA.

Paul, S. (2018). Notes on the Practice of Constructive Journalism in India. Paper presented at the International Association for Media and Communication (IAMCR), Eugene, USA.

Paul, S. (2017). Between Participation and Autonomy: Understanding Indian Citizen Journalists. Paper presented at the 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Diego, USA.

Paul, S. (2017). A New Public Sphere? English-language Stand-up Comedy in India. Paper presented at the 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Diego, USA.

Rose Alex, D. & Paul, S. (2017). “Sacred Communication”: Ritualizing the Practice of Newspaper Reading. Paper presented at the 46th Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.

Paul, S. & Dowling, D. (2016). Gandhi’s Newspaperman: T.G. Narayanan and the Quest for an Independent India, 1938-1946. Paper presented at the 35th Annual Convention of the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA), St. Petersburg, USA.

Paul, S. (2016). “When India was Indira”: Indian Express’ Coverage of the Emergency, 1975-1977. Poster presented at the 99th Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Minneapolis, USA.

Paul, S. (2016). Toward the Bottom of the Pyramid? Rediscovering the Role of the PSB in India. Poster presented at the 66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Fukuoka, Japan.

Paul, S. (2016). What Motivates a Citizen Journalist? A Survey of Participatory Journalism in India. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.

Paul, S. (2016). Coverage of Endangered Languages in Indian newspapers: A Mixed Methods Approach. Paper presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Paul, S. & Carpenter, J. C. (2015). Jokes in Public: The Ethical Implications of Radio Prank Calls. Poster presented at the 98th Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), San Francisco, USA.

Paul, S. (2014). Coverage of the Meskwaki Language in the Des Moines Register. Paper presented at the 97th Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Montreal, Canada.

Kim, B. W. & Paul, S. (2014). Accessibility-heuristic and Changes of Media Frame: Frame-changing in the U.S. Media Coverage of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. Poster presented at the 97th Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Montreal, Canada.