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The Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Raka Shome as our first full-time Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication.

Dr. Raka Shome is the new Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication, to begin Fall 2019

Dr. Raka Shome writes on postcolonial cultures, transnational feminism, and nationalism as they intersect with media/communication cultures. Her current interests are in Asian (and non-western) Modernities, Contemporary Indian Nationalism, Digital Culture and Postcoloniality, Transnational Media Cultures and Gender, the Transnational Politics of Knowledge Production as a Communication issue, and Global South and the Anthropocene.

Theoretically, her work is informed by postcolonial theory, perspectives in cultural studies (especially cultural studies beyond the Birmingham framework such as Inter-Asia Studies), transnational feminist theory (especially from the South), and theories of Globalization.

She is the author of Diana and Beyond: White Femininity, National Identity, and Contemporary Media Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2014)—a book that adopts a transnational feminist approach to examine how new sets of postcolonial relations in contemporary North Atlantic Western cultures are mediated through bodies of white femininity while also being linked to erasures of women from the Global South. The book has been reviewed in many outlets such as Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC’s “The List’ talk show which interviewed Shome), Celebrity Studies, European Journal of Cultural Studies, New Formations, Soundings, and Critical Studies in Media Communication.

Shome is currently writing a book on the Clean India Movement and Contemporary Hindu Nationalism. And she is also guest editing a special issue of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies on ‘Cultural Studies and the Global South.’

She is currently serving as a Senior Visiting Fellow at National University of Singapore. Prior to this she held full-time faculty appointments at London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), Arizona State University, and University of Washington.

Shome has delivered several keynote and plenary lectures, as well as other invited talks - in the US and internationally. A few recent keynote lectures include the (first ever) Whiteness conference (in Sweden) at the Multicultural Centre in Stockholm (2014) which was televised for the Swedish Higher Education Channel, Ghent University (International Rhetoric Conference) (2017), University of Melbourne—Gender Mobility and Asian Transformations Conference (2016), London School of Economics (Global Media Conference) (2015), Postcolonial Theory and Media conference at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2017), and the CARE conference at National University of Singapore (2018). Upcoming talks in 2019 include the Giles Wilkinson Gray Lecture at Louisiana State University, the Center for the Study of Nationalism at the University of Copenhagen and Center for Regional and Cross Cultural Studies, and the Annual Aubrey Fisher Memorial Lecture, Department of Communication at the University of Utah.

Shome has received many awards for her research, including the 2017 NCA Woolbert Award, the 2016 Distinguished Scholar Award from the NCA Cultural Studies Division, the NCA Karl Wallace Memorial Award, two Outstanding Article Awards from the NCA Cultural Studies Division, Distinguished Scholarship Award (for article [co-winner]) from the NCA International and Intercultural Division, and the NCA New Investigator Award.

Details of her profile are available at:

About The Harron Family

The Harron family has been associated with the field of communication since the turn of the twenty-first century. Through the endowment of scholarships for students demonstrating academic achievement and financial need and support of the University’s highly regarded One Book Villanova program, the Harron family has also been a leader in philanthropic efforts at Villanova University.

About the Harron Family Endowed Chair Position

The Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication honors the Harron family's accomplishments in the field of communication, their philanthropic legacy, and the Department's commitment to excellence in communication education, scholarship, and practice. Previous scholars holding the position are Dr. Raka Shome, Dr. Yves Winkin, Dr. Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Dr. Raymie McKerrow, Dr. Lance Strate, Dr. Bruce Henderson, and Dr. Heidi A. Campbell.

Contact Information

Dr. Heidi Rose
Performance Studies

Administrative Assistant 
Loretta Chiaverini
Garey Hall, room 28

Administrative Assistant 
Jarryd Kainz
Garey Hall, room 28