Research and Creative Interests
- Gender Studies
- South Asian communities
- Visual Communication
- youth culture
- popular media phenomena
- globalization studies
Roshni Verghese is a Ph.D. graduate from 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.
In April, 2019, Verghese successfully defended her dissertation titled Streaming Culture, (Re)Viewing Femininty: Youth, Nation and Popular Entertainment Shows in Hyderabad, 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. She currently lives in Clearwater, Florida and is navigating the job market for teaching positions.
Parameswaran, R., Verghese, R.S. & Chitrapu, S. (2018). “Ch.5: An Incomplete Journalism Parivar: The Story of India’s Missing News Magazine Industry.” In Shakuntala Rao (Ed.) Indian Journalism in a New Era. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
Willnat, L., Verghese, R.S. & Mammadov, R. (2017) “Symbols, Slogans and Charisma: Political Posters in India’s 2014 National Election.” In Christina Holtz-Bacha & Bengt Johansson (Eds.) Election Posters Around the Globe: Political Campaigning in the Public Space. Springer International Publishing.
Verghese, R. S. (2016). Review of Shome, R. Diana and beyond: White femininity, national identity and contemporary media culture. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, pp. 272. Popular Communication, 14(4), 249-252. doi: 10.1080/15405702.2016.1221294
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
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.
Verghese, R.S. (2019). Gender, Generation and Girlhood: Charting memories of young female viewers of popular Western television in India. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference (ICA), Washington, D.C.
Parameswaran, R. & Verghese R.S. (2018).“Mobilizing Voice for a Diasporic Professional Community: The South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA).” International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.
R.S Verghese. (2018). “Streaming Culture, (Re)Viewing Femininity:” Media School Graduate Student Conference, Bloomington, IN.
Parameswaran, R. & Verghese, R. S. (2017). “Sights, Sounds and Stories of the Indian Diaspora: A New Browning of American Journalism.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
Duties: Prepared poster and presented at the South Asia Division of AEJ.
Verghese, R. S. (2017). “Streaming Culture, Re-viewing Femininity: A Feminist Audience Study of Western Television Shows in Urban India.” International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
Verghese, R. S. (2015). “Nirbhaya: India’s Daughter or India’s Dilemma?” Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, WI.
Verghese, R. S. (2014). “An Indian Abroad: Tracing Globality and Post-Colonial Agency in Priyanka Chopra’s Music Career.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Annual Conference, Montreal Canada.
Verghese, R. S. (2014). “Priyanka Chopra and the Codes of Globalism and Hybridity.” Mid-West Popular Culture Association (MPCA), Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
Verghese, R. S. (2014). “An Indian Abroad: Tracing Globality and Post-Colonial Agency in Priyanka Chopra’s Music Career.” Indiana University School of Journalism Colloquium, Bloomington, IN.
Awards, Grants and Fellowships
- Recipient of the Louise (Hess) Miller Fellowship Award for 2017 – 2018.
- Awarded the Dhar India Studies Spring Travel Grant to present research at the International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference in 2017.
- Awarded the Cushman Memorial Fellowship Award from the College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University to conduct dissertation research in India in 2016.
- Awarded the Dhar India Studies Travel Fellowship Award to travel and conduct fieldwork in India, 2016 – 2017.
- Awarded the IU School of Journalism Fellowship, 2013 – 2016.
- Awarded the Frances G. Wilhoit Research Award for best single-authored paper at the Indiana University School of Journalism, April 2014.
- Awarded the Incoming Master’s Student Scholarship in 2011 – 2012.