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Communication Studies

Professor, Dr. Devika Chawla
(740) 591-5733
Schoonover Center 431 


PhD., Communication, Purdue University

M.A. Speech Communication and Dramatic Arts, Central Michigan University

M.A. English Journalism, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi

B.A. English Literature and Literary Criticism, University of Delhi 


Scholarly Interests 

Dr. Chawla’s research focuses upon communicative, performative, and narrative approaches to studying family, home, and its relationship to social identity. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how human beings transform themselves in the relationships that surround them, and the resources – social, political, economic – that are available to them. Most of her research has taken place in the context of contemporary urban India. She has studied women’s identities in Hindu arranged marriages.


Selected Publications

Her recent book project has focused upon cross-generational refugee identity among families displaced by India’s Partition of 1947. Dr. Chawla has published four books and numerous articles in top-ranked journals and anthologies.

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