Professor of Media Studies and Communication
Dr. Maya Ranganathan is a professor of Media Studies and Communication in Sai University’s School of Arts and Sciences. She has held senior teaching positions in India and Australia. She is a widely published researcher who works in the broad area of mediated identities.
Dr. Ranganathan holds a BA in English Literature and MA in Journalism and Communication from the University of Madras, Chennai, India. She earned her doctorate from the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She has also completed a two year post graduate research fellowship with School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
Dr. Ranganathan began her career as a journalist for The New Indian Express where she worked both in the newsroom and news bureau for 12 years. She began her teaching career while working for her doctorate. She has taught ‘journalism’ and ‘media studies’ in Monash University, Australia and also in the Manipal Institute of Communication, Karnataka, India. She has joined Sai University after a decade-long stint in the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Literature, and Language Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, where besides teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in ‘International Communication’ and ‘Media Studies’, she supervised higher degree research students to completion.
Dr. Ranganathan’s research interest is the South Asian media with particular focus on mediated identities. She is the author of four books on media in South Asia and of over a dozen articles in reputed international journals.
- PhD School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, Australia (2004)
- MA Journalism and Communication, University of Madras (1988)
- BA Department of English, Quaid-E-Millat Government Arts College, University of Madras (1986)
- Indian Media: From Observer to Participant, Sage Publications, New Delhi. (Co-authored with Usha M Rodrigues)(2015)
- Eelam Online: Reception of Political Websites by Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Australia, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK (2011)
- Indian Media in the World of Globalisation, Sage Publications, India. (Co-author: Usha M Rodrigues) (2010)
- Nurturing Eelam on the Net: A Study of Transmission of Nationalist Ideologies by Sri Lankan Tamil websites, Working paper no 6, National Centre for South Asian Studies, Monash Asia Institute (2006)