Dr. Srividya "Srivi" Ramasubramanian (Ph.D., Penn State University) is Presidential Impact Fellow and Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University, Director of the Difficult Dialogues Project, and Co-Founder of Media Rise (a nonprofit for meaningful media). She has served as Associate Dean for Climate & Inclusion, Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellow, Post-Doctoral Fellow at University of Pennsylvania, and as a Visiting Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and the National University of Singapore.
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. She has published in leading journals such as the Journal of Communication, Communication Monographs, Media Psychology, Journal of International & Intercultural Communication, and the Journal of Social Issues.
A TEDx speaker, she has delivered several keynotes and invited talks in the U.S., U.K, Singapore, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, India, and China. Her work is featured in popular news outlets such as the Huffington Post, National Public Radio, Dallas Morning News, and India Today. She was recently named Presidential Impact Fellow, one of the most prestigious honors at her university for scholarly excellence awarded to select faculty for "rising to meet the challenges of their field and demonstrating impact towards creating a better world." She has received numerous research awards including the NAMLE Outstanding Media Literacy Researcher Award and the Liberal Arts Cornerstone Faculty Fellowship 2018-2022.
An award-winning teacher and mentor, Ramasubramanian has founded/co-founded several campus initiatives such as the Difficult Dialogues Project, Communicating Diversity Student Conference, First-Gen Freshmen Mentoring Program (FIG), and the Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop Series. Her commitment to teaching excellence has been recognized with the Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellowship, Service Learning Faculty Fellowship, and Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award in 2017 and 2019.
Ramasubramanian has served as Associate Dean for Climate & Inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts. She serves on nine editorial boards of leading Communication journals, and is past chair of the NCA Mass Comm Division and has served in numerous positions at both ICA and NCA. She recently completed her term as Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research. She is co-founder of a nonprofit for meaningful media for social change called Media Rise. She has led several media festivals, workshops for teens and K-12 teachers, and community-based initiatives around the world. Her dedication to diversity advocacy and community engagement have been recognized with awards such as the Liberal Arts Achievements in Climate & Inclusion Award (for extraordinary and superlative dedication to climate and inclusion), 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.
Srivi is an accomplished musician, poet, visual artist, and certified yoga teacher. While sheltered-at-home during the global pandemic, she is curating a blog/e-book series called "Quarantined Across Borders," leading online guided meditation sessions, teaching music for her virtual community choir, conducting Difficult Dialogue sessions on COVID-19 for various student groups, and working on her book project on “Quantitative research methods in communication: The power of numbers for social justice.”