Supriya Chotani


Supriya is currently enrolled in a PhD programme at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University and is working on the area of ‘Mediated Protest’. Her thesis brings into examination three sites/spaces: the street, TV news, and the web, to see how these spaces are being politically fashioned, and in turn fashioning the politics and cultures of protest in globalised India. The PhD follows a pre-doctorate dissertation (MPhil) at JNU in which she looked at the representation of class, gender and nation in Hindi television news. Prior to this, she completed her Masters in Social Work and Bachelors in Journalism from Delhi University.

Alongside her studies, she has worked with diverse institutions. Most recently, she was associated as a Research Associate with the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance (CCMG), Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. Here she was part of three research projects, including ‘Mapping Media Advocacy in South Asia’, Mapping Digital Media: Journalism, Democracy and Values’ and ‘Strengthening Media and Communication Studies in India’. Alongside, she has been a guest lecturer at CCMG in their MA Programme ‘Media Governance’, as well as at the Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA), Ahmedabad in their Fellow Programme. Additionally she has worked for five years with National and International Development organizations in India, where along with carrying out research studies on the broader area of urban inequity, she was involved in conceptualising and organising a few communications projects including theatre and documentary productions.