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Srividya “Srivi” Ramasubramanian

Srivi Ramasubramanian
Presidential Impact Fellow
Areas of Speciality
  • Media, Culture, and Identity
  • BLTN 202D
Professional Links
Personal Website


Research Gate IconTAMU Scholar-iconRamasubramanian’s scholarship addresses pressing contemporary global issues relating to media, diversity, and social justice.  Areas of expertise include media effects, identity (esp. race/ethnicity, religion, and gender), media literacy, difficult dialogues, applied communication, stereotyping, prejudice reduction, youth, and intergroup/intercultural communication. 


Dr. Srividya “Srivi” Ramasubramanian (Ph.D., Penn State University, 2004) is Presidential Impact Fellow, Professor of Communication, Affiliated Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies, and Director of the Difficult Dialogues on Campus Race Relations at Texas A&M University, where she has served as Associate Dean for Climate & Inclusion. 

Dr. Ramasubramanian’s scholarship addresses pressing contemporary global issues relating to media, diversity, and social justice.  She is most widely recognized for her pioneering work on critical media effects, media literacy, difficult dialogues, race and media, and prejudice reduction, with over 60 publications on these topics in leading outlets. She routinely provides expert guidance for several organizations on topics such as inclusive communication, facilitated difficult dialogues, race relations, and organizational well-being. She is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research and also serves on the editorial board of eight leading journals including the Journal of CommunicationJournal of International & Intercultural Communication, Communication Monographs, Journal of Children and Media, and the Journal of Media Literacy Education. She is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Researcher Award from the National Association for Media Literacy Education, Liberal Arts Cornerstone Faculty Fellowship 2018-2022, and was recently named 2019 TAMU Presidential Impact Fellow, a prestigious honor awarded to select faculty on her campus for “rising to meet the challenges of their field and demonstrating impact towards creating a better world.” 

Ramasubramanian has founded/co-founded several initiatives on campus and in the community such as the Difficult Dialogues on Campus Race Relations, Communicating Diversity Student Conference, First-Gen Freshmen Mentoring Program (FIG), campus-wide Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop Series, and a nonprofit called Media Rise for meaningful media for social change. Her teaching and mentoring has been recognized with the Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellowship, Service Learning Faculty Fellowship, and Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award in 2017 and 2019. Her demonstrated leadership in diversity advocacy has been recognized with the inaugural Liberal Arts Achievements in Climate & Inclusion Award, NCA Mass Comm Division Service Award, ACE Award for Women’s Progress (for promoting policies for advancement of women scholars), and the Outstanding Diversity Team Award. 

Dr. Ramasubramanian’s TEDx Talk: 

Courses Taught

  • UGST 181: Pathways to Health and Happiness
  • LBAR 181: Identity and Popular Culture (first-generation, first year seminar)
  • LBAR 181: Engaged Democracy (first-generation, first year seminar)
  • COMM 308: Social Science Research Methods for Communication
  • COMM 350: Introduction to Media Theory
  • COMM 375: Media Audiences
  • COMM 403 W: Media, Children, & Adolescents
  • COMM/WGST/AFST 407 W: Women, Minorities, and the Media
  • COMM 408 W: Advanced Research Methods
  • COMM 435 W: Rhetoric of TV and Film
  • COMM 450 W: Media Campaigns
  • COMM 460 W: Communication & Cultures of India
  • COMM 658: Seminar on Comm. & Culture: Media & Identity
  • COMM 663: Media Processes & Effects
  • COMM 689: Global Media & Social Good

Representative Publications

  • Saleem, M., Wojcieszak, M. E., Hawkins, I., Li, M. & Ramasubramanian, S. (2019). Social identity threats: How media and discrimination affect Muslim Americans’ identification as Americans and trust in the U.S. government. Journal of Communication, 69(2), 214-236.
  • Saleem, Muniba & Ramasubramanian, Srividya (2019; online first in 2017). Muslim Americans’ identity management strategies in response to media stereotypes and discrimination. Media Psychology, 22(3), 373-393.
  • Ramasubramanian, S. & Miles, C. (2018). White nationalist rhetoric, neoliberal multiculturalism, and colorblind racism: Decolonial critique of Richard Spencer’s campus visit. Javnost: The Public, 25 (1/2), 1-15doi: 10.1080/13183222.2018.1486058.
  • Ramasubramanian, S., Sousa, A. & Gonlin, V. (2017). Facilitated dialogues to combat racism: A goal-based approach. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 45 (5), 537-556, doi:10.1080/00909882.2017.1382706.
  • Ramasubramanian, S. & Martinez, A. (2017). News framing of Obama, racialized scrutiny, and symbolic racism. Howard Journal of Communication, 28(1), 36-54. Doi: 10.1080/10646175.2016.1235519.
  • Ramasubramanian, S. (2015). Using celebrity news to reduce racial/ethnic prejudice. Journal of Social Issues, 71(1), 123-137; doi: 10.1111/josi.12100.
  • Ramasubramanian, S. (2007). Media-based strategies to reduce racial stereotypes activated by news stories. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 84 (2), 249-264.