Director, Communication and Development Studies
Center for International Studies
Dr. Saumya Pant is an activist, a teacher, a mother and a woman who loves to teach and engage with students. Saumya has a PhD and Masters from Ohio University, focusing on communication for social change and interpersonal communication. She has scholarly interests in gender and health communication, communication for social change, critical cultural inquiry, transnational feminisms, and entertainment-education. Currently she is working on a manuscript for a book on narrative of surrogate mothers in India who are part of a multi-billion fertility industry.
She is a global expert in strategically integrating entertainment-education programs with community-based group listening and locally available health care services. She has also worked on mobile marketing and the emergence of Generation Y and Z in India. She has worked on several projects funded by several international agencies, including Population Communication International and UNAIDS. Dr. Pant’s scholarly work has been published in international journals like Journal of Communication, Journal of Development Communication, and International Journal of Mobile Marketing. She authored the ‘international development theories’ submission in Encyclopedia of Communication Theory.
At Media Arts and Studies, Saumya teaches courses such as:
Seminar in Communication and Development (MDIA 6080),
Introduction to Research in Communication and Development (MDIA 6082)
Applied Methods in Communication and Development (MDIA 6090)
Qualitative Research Methods in Media (MDIA 6030)
Communication Culture and Technology (MDIA 4176/5176)
Introduction to Social Media (MDIA 2113)
She is also the Member of Board of Directors at Rural Action, Ohio which is is a membership-based nonprofit working in the southeast and central eastern counties of Appalachian Ohio since 1991.
Ph.D. Communication, Ohio University
Women's Studies Graduate Certificate, Ohio University
M.A. Communication, Ohio University
M.A. Mass Communication, Pune University, India
B.A. History, Delhi University, India