Dr. Srividya "Srivi" Ramasubramanian (she/her) is the Newhouse Endowed Chair Professor at Syracuse University. She came to Syracuse from Texas A&M University where she was a Presidential Impact Fellow & Professor of Communication and had served as Associate Dean for Liberal Arts. She is the Founding Director of the Difficult Dialogues Project, and CODE^SHIFT (Collaboratory for Data Equity, Social Healing, Inclusive Futures, and Transformation) that brings together data scientists with social justice scholars. She did her post-doctoral fellowship at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the Univ of Pennsylvania and was a Visiting 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 widely recognized for her pioneering work on race and media, media literacy initiatives, implicit bias reduction, and scholar-activism. Srivi has over 100 publications to her credit, including in top-tier journals, books, encyclopedia, and popular media outlets. Her latest book, “Quantitative Research Methods in Communication: Power of Numbers for Social Justice” with Dr. Erica Scharrer connects social science research with social justice scholarship. She sits on more than a dozen editorial boards and has served in various leadership positions in her discipline. She is the incoming editor-in-chief of Communication Monographs, the flagship journal of her discipline, and will be the first person of color to hold this position. A TEDx speaker, she has given invited talks around the world and has been featured in the National Public Radio, Huffington Post, Dallas Morning News, and India Today. Srivi was honored in 2019 with the prestigious Presidential Impact Fellowship, awarded to select faculty who are "rising to meet the challenges of their field and demonstrating impact towards creating a better world." She is also the recipient of the ICA Applied/Public Policy Research Award, NCA Gerald M. Phillips Distinguished Award for Applied Communication, and NAMLE Outstanding Media Literacy Researcher Award.
A fearless advocate for minoritized students, Srivi co-founded the FIG First-Gen Freshmen Mentoring Program and started the Communicating Diversity Student Conference at Texas A&M. Her commitment to teaching excellence has been recognized with the AFS College-Level Distinguished Teaching Award, Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellowship, Service-Learning Faculty Fellowship, and several Graduate Faculty Mentoring Awards. Through Media Rise, her nonprofit collective for meaningful media, she has also hosted more than 60 community-based workshops, media festivals, and media literacy programs for educators, artists, activists, and policymakers. She has conducted more than 50 antiracism workshops for various organizations through her award-winning Difficult Dialogues Project, which uses facilitated small group discussions to build empathy, active listening, and shared responsibility for inclusive communities. Her demonstrated diversity leadership and community engagement has been recognized with the Gerald M. Phillips NCA Distinguished Applied Communication Award for lifetime contributions to this field, the inaugural Liberal Arts Achievements in Climate & Inclusion Award, NCA Mass Communication Service Award, TAMU ACE Award for Women’s Progress, and the TAMU Outstanding Diversity Team Award.
Ramasubramanian earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communication in 2004 from Penn State University, her master’s degree in Communication Management from Mudra Institute of Communication Ahmedabad in 1998, and a B.S. (gold medalist) in Visual Communication in 1996 from Loyola College in the University of Madras. She is also a certified yoga teacher, Carnatic musician, and feminist poet.