Srinivas Melkote, Ph.D.


Position: Professor
Phone: 419-575-3594 Fax: 419-372-0202
Address: 309 Kuhlin Center


Dr. Srinivas Melkote has been a teacher in the field of Media Production and Studies, journalism, and mass communication for more than 30 years. He has taught at universities in India, US, and Jamaica and is currently a full professor in the Department of Media Production and Studies in the School of Media and Communication Studies.  Professor Melkote has researched and published extensively on a range of issues ranging from the role of communication in directed social change, participatory communication, diffusion of innovations, international communication, health communication, communication strategies for HIV/AIDS prevention, mass communication theory, quantitative research methods, media effects and communication pedagogy. His book Communication for Development: Theory and Practice for Empowerment and Social Justice, 3rd edition (co-authored with Dr. Leslie Steeves) is a core text for courses on media and communication in directed social change in colleges around the world.  Professor Melkote’s current interests are examining the role of media and communication in achieving social justice.  His work in social change communication examines the roles of globalization, economics, politics, and hegemonic discourse in sustaining and widening the inequality gaps between people in societies around the world.  Dr. Melkote is also active in examining the role of media in acculturation, body dissatisfaction, and health-related issues.    


Ph.D. University of Iowa--Iowa City
M.A. University of Iowa---Iowa City


Dr. Melkote has taught a great variety of classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  A sample of the classes he has taught include: media and communication in directed social change, media theories, global communication, quantitative research methods and statistics.

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