Dr. Rohit Chopra
Academic/professional background: Dr. Chopra joined the Santa Clara faculty in 2008. He earned his B.A. in English from St. Xavier's College in Bombay, a M.A. in English and Aesthetics from the University of Bombay, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University. He has also worked in the Internet industry in India, conceptualizing corporate web solutions for corporate clients and as an editor in an academic publishing house. Dr. Chopra is the joint editor and founder of Interjunction (http://interjunction.org), a not-for-profit publication for scholars in communication and media studies as well as for media professionals.
Teaching areas/responsibilities: Dr. Chopra teaches Introduction to Mass Communication, Qualitative Methods, Global Audiences, and courses in international and global communication.
Research interests: Dr. Chopra conducts research on global media and international communication, digital media and internet communities, and the relationship between media and cultural identities in colonial and postcolonial contexts. His research is situated at the intersection of media studies, history, and social theory. He is currently working on two monographs. One project address the relationship between digital media, memory, and violence in different global contexts. The monograph critically assesses digital media forums-- including the September 11 Digital Archive, blogs recording the November 26, 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, and online discussions about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in India--- as spaces where communities revisit memories of traumatic events to reshape understandings of group identity. The other project broadly examines the relationship between violence and communication in the era of global modernity. Theorizing violence as both a universal language of communication and as the limit to communication, the project explores the roles of violence in a range of archives and texts including the records of the Hindustan Gadar Party, the fiction of Kazuo Ishiguro and Michael Ondaatje, and Indian newspaper and magazine accounts of the 1992-1993 Hindu-Muslim riots in India.
- “The Roar of the Bomb’: Violence as Universal Communication in Gadar Party Writings.” Global Media and Communication 8(2): August 2012, 157-170.
- Editor (with Radhika Gajjala), Global Media, Culture, and Identity: Theory, Cases, and Approaches. New York: Routledge, 2011.
- Editor, “Reflections on Empire.” Special issue of the Economic and Political Weekly, 46 (13): March 26-April 1, 2011.
- “Resurrection and Normalisation of Empire.” Economic and Political Weekly, 46 (13): March 26–April 1, 2011 (special issue on Reflections on Empire, ed., Rohit Chopra), 42–49. URL: http://www.epw.org.in/uploads/articles/15875.pdf
- “Introduction: Media, Culture, and Identity in the Time of the Global.” In Rohit Chopra and Radhika Gajjala (eds), Global Media, Culture, and Identity: Theory, Cases, and Approaches. New York: Routledge, 2011, pp. 1-16.
- Technology and Nationalism in India: Cultural Negotiations from Colonialism to Cyberspace. New York: Cambria Press, 2008.
- "The Virtual State of the Nation: Online Hindu Nationalism in Global Capitalist Modernity." In Radhika Gajjala and Venkataramana Gajjala (eds), South Asian Technospaces. New York: Peter Lang, 2008, pp. 153–178.
- "The Cyber-presence of Babri Masjid: History, Politics, and Difference in Online Indian Islam." Economic and Political Weekly, 43 (3), January 19–25, 2008, 47–56. URL: http://www.epw.org.in/uploads/articles/11454.pdf
- "Global Primordialities: Virtual Identity Politics in Online Hindutva and Online Dalit Discourse." New Media and Society 8 (2): 2006, 187–206.
- "Neoliberalism as Doxa: Bourdieu's Theory of the State and the Contemporary Indian Discourse on Globalization and Liberalization." Cultural Studies 17 (3/4): 2003, 419-444.
Rohit Chopra, PhD
Department of Communication
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Co-editor, Global Media, Culture, and Identity
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