Deepa Fadnis

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Assistant Professor


College of Arts and Sciences

Ph.D. in Journalism University of Texas at Austin

Masters in Journalism West Virginia University

Deepa Fadnis joins the School of Communication in the fall of 2019 as an Assistant Professor in the Digital Media and Journalism department. She received her Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. She will teach foundational courses in communication, media, and digital journalism at the University of Hartford. Prior to joining the School of Communication, she was an Assistant Professor of journalism at Auburn University in Alabama. Her research revolves around culture, gender and media practices. She is interested in understanding the impact of culture on the nature of news coverage about issues that address violence and harassment of women. She attempts to understand the framing and reality construction of media content in shaping attitudes about women and related topics such as abortion, surrogacy, sexuality and empowerment. Her work has been published in The International Journal of Press/Politics, Newspaper Research Journal and Visual Communication Quarterly. She has co-authored a chapter in the book titled, Scandals in the Digital Age. In 2016, she received the prestigious McCombs Award for Research Publishing for the paper titled “Protesting the Paradigm: A Comparative Study of News Coverage of Protests in Brazil, China and India.” Fadnis is the 2019 Research Co-chair for the Commission on the Status of Women at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She also regularly reviews research papers for the Commission. She has recently been invited to review research studies for the Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. Prior to joining academia, Fadnis, worked with The Economist and the Financial Times in New York City. She also worked with The Economic Times in India for over three years.