Roshni Verghese

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    gender studies, South Asian communities, visual communication, youth culture, popular media phenomena, globalization studies,


    Roshni Verghese is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Journalism. She received her Master’s in Journalism in 2013 from IU following a Master’s in Media & Communications from The English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, India in 2009. Her research interests include globalization studies, gender studies, South Asian communities, visual communication, youth culture and popular media phenomena.

    While pursuing her master’s degree at IU, Verghese worked as a reporter and radio anchor for the local NPR affiliate, WFIU, hosting Morning Edition. After she received her B.A. in English Literature from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Verghese worked as a feature writer in Hyderabad at the Times of India, You & I and was the senior editor at an online lifestyle magazine. Her experiences as a female journalist in India have influenced Verghese’s doctoral career by sparking an interest to see how media, identity and culture interact within a national context while being a part of a global media network.

    Verghese is currently working on her dissertation Streaming Culture, (Re)Viewing Femininty: A Feminist Audience Study of Western Television Shows in Urban India. Her M.A. thesis titled "The Face of Famous Families: The Evolution of Adoption in America through Celebrity Coverage" won the Frances. G. Wilhoit Award for Best Student Paper in 2014.

    Her teaching experience includes Visual Communication, Media as Social Institutions and Gender, Race and Media. Most recently, Verghese served as the Editorial Assistant of ICA journal Communication, Critique and Culture, assisting Dr. Radhika Parameswaran in editing and publication of academic manuscripts. She also was part of a joint student-faculty committee for the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics 'Meaning and Media' seminar in 2015.



    (Forthcoming book chapter) Willnat, L., Verghese, R.S. & Mammadov, R.Symbols, Slogans and Charisma: Political Posters in India’s 2014 National Election.” In Election Posters Around the Globe. Springer Nature

    (Forthcoming) Pavelko, R., Myrick, J. & Verghese, R. S. (2017). Public reactions to celebrity cancer disclosures via social media: Implications for campaign message design and strategy. Health Education Journal.

    Verghese, R. S. (2016). Review of Diana and beyond: White femininity, national identity and contemporary media culture, by Raka Shome. Popular Communication, 14(4), 249-252. doi: 10.1080/15405702.2016.1221294

    Raman, U.  & Verghese, R. S. (2014). “India, Youth and Social Media: Modes of Engagement?” In L. Willnat & A. Aw (Eds.) Social Media, Culture and Politics in Asia, 212-240. New York: Peter Lang Publishing. 

    Myrick, J. G., Willoughby, J. F., & Verghese, R. S. (2015). “How and why young adults do and do not search for health information: Cognitive and affective factors.” Health Education Journal. doi: 10.1177/0017896915571764

    Parameswaran, R., Chitrapu, S. & Verghese, R.S. (Abstract accepted) Book chapter on Indian News Magazines for an Oxford Press edited series on Indian Journalism.


    Conference Presentations:

    Forthcoming presentation at International Communication Association: Streaming Culture, Re-viewing Femininity: A Feminist Audience Study of Western Television Shows in Urban India. San Diego, CA. 2017

    Annual Conference on South Asia Panelist: ‘Nirbhaya: India’s Daughter or India’s Dilemma?’ Madison, WI. 2015

    Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Presentation: ‘An Indian Abroad: Tracing Globality and Post-Colonial Agency in Priyanka Chopra’s Music Career’. Montreal. Canada. 2014

    Mid-West Popular Culture Association Panelist: ‘Priyanka Chopra and the Codes of Globalism and Hybridity’ Indianapolis, IN. 2014