Aswin Punathambekar

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Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

Office Location(s): 5427 North Quad
Phone: 734.615.0949
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  • Fields of Study
    • Media and Globalization
    • South Asian Media
    • Media Industries and Protection Cultures
  • About

    Aswin Punathambekar's research and teaching revolve around globalization, media industries and production cultures, media convergence, media history, and public culture with a focus on South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. He is the author of From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry (NYU Press, 2013), and co-editor of Global Bollywood (NYU Press, 2008) and Television At Large in South Asia (Routledge, 2013). Aswin's current book, provisionally titled Mobile Publics: Cultural Politics of Participation in Digital India,examines how convergence between television and mobile media technologies (the Internet and the mobile phone) is reconfiguring the meanings and performance of citizenship. He is also part of a Social Science Research Council project on 'Media, Activism, and the New Political', which brings together a group of scholars analyzing mediated activism across India, China, and the Middle East-North Africa region. His research for this project addresses the formation of "networked publics" over a three-decade span in India.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison