Sujatha Sosale is interested in the capacity-building, facilitating, and empowering roles of media and communication in international development. She studies the roles of communication technologies in facilitating change, communication and community empowerment, media representations of social change and public affairs in developing countries, and the role of communication in policy-making for development. Her geographical foci for research include countries with a history of Anglophone and Francophone colonization in the Indian Ocean Rim, encompassing a range of entities from advanced developing economies to Small Island Developing States.
She is author of Communication, Development, and Democracy: Mapping a Discourse (Hampton Press, 2008), and co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of International Communication on international crises and the media (2009). Her work has appeared in journals like Journalism and Communication Monographs; Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism; the Journal of International Communication; the International Communication Gazette; the Journal of Developing Societies; Media Development; and the International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics. She has also contributed chapters to edited collections.
She has served on the advisory board of the Journal of Communication Inquiry, as an editorial associate for the Journal of International Communication, and currently serves on the editorial board of Journalism and Communication Monographs.
Prior to coming to the United States, she lived in Bangalore, India. For her Master’s thesis in Bangalore University she examined the use of folk media in urban middle schools, part of a program initiated by the National Council for Educational Research and Training. She has worked as a copywriter in media industries, writing for a variety of media, for commercial as well as public service campaigns, and as a freelance journalist for regional and local dailies and weeklies.
Before joining UI, she was on the Communication faculty at Georgia State University. She teaches courses in media and international development, research methods, and globalization and the news.
Professional association memberships include the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), where she is now immediate past Head of the International Communication Section after having served for five years (2007-2012) in this position. She is a member of the Asian Media and Information Centre (AMIC), and has intermittent membership with the International Communication Association (ICA) and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).