Leadership Highlights

Ramasubramanian has served in various leadership positions in professional organizations such as NCA, ICA, and SACA. She has served as Associate Dean for Climate & Inclusion for the College of Liberal Arts, is the Founding Director of the Difficult Dialogues on Campus Race Relations, the Founding Chair of the Communicating Diversity student conference, Convener of the Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop Series, and Co-Founder of Media Rise (a nonprofit for meaningful media for social change). She has organized community outreach events,  media festivals, film screenings, arts activism projects, and media literacy workshops. Her service, administration, and advocacy have been recognized with the Achievements in Climate & Inclusion (ACI) Award for extraordinary and superlative dedication to climate and inclusion, Outstanding Service Award from the NCA Mass Comm Division, and the ACE (Accountability, Climate, & Equity) Award for Women's Progress for promoting policies supportive of women.

Editorial Experience

Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Communication Research, 2019 to present


Special Issue Editor (with Shaunak Sastry), Journal of International & Intercultural Communication. The subcontinent speaks: Intercultural communication perspectives from/on South Asia, in progress.


Editorial Board Member:


Journal of Communication: 2018-present

Communication Monographs: 2011-2014; 2016- present

Journal of International & Intercultural Comm.: 2011-2013; 2015- present

Journal of Applied Communication Research: 2014-present

Journal of Children and Media: 2016- present

Psychology of Popular Media Culture: 2019-present

Journal of Media Literacy Education: 2019-present

Southern Journal of Communication: 2014-2015; 2017-present

Citizen Critics –Racial Justice Co-editor: 2017-present

Journal of Creative Communications: 2014-2015

Leadership Positions in Disciplinary Organizations

National Communication Association

NCA Nominations Committee Member, 2018-2019

Special Programming Planner with Barbara Burke [Two special sessions on Media Activism & Social Justice], 2016

Member, Legislative Assembly, 2015-2016

Immediate Past Division Chair, Mass Comm. Division, 2016

Division Chair, Mass Comm. Division, 2014-2015

Division Vice-Chair, Mass Comm. Division, 2013-2014

Chair, Teaching & Service Awards, (Mass Comm. Division), 2013

By-laws Committee Member, Mass Comm. Division, 2014-2015

Research Chair & Unit Planner, Mass Comm. Division, 2011-2012

Research Vice-Chair & Unit Planner, Mass Comm. Division, 2010-2011

Secretary, Mass Comm. Division, 2009-2010

Nominations committee member, Mass Comm. Division, 2005-2006


International Communication Association

Working group member, Support for scholar-activists in hiring, promotion, & tenure (Activism, Communication & Social Justice Division), 2018-present

Program committee member, Voices of South Asia and its Diaspora, South Asia Communication Association (organizational member of ICA), 2017-2018

Invited Guest, Diversity Open Office Hours, 2017

Mentor, Research Escalator Session, Children, Adolescents, & Media Division, 2016

Convener and Chair, B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award Committee, 2016

Member, B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award Committee, 2014 and 2015

Member, Kyoon Hur Dissertation Award, (Mass Comm. Division), 2011


South Asia Communication Association

Steering Committee Member, 2018-present

Research Chair, Voices of South Asia and its Diaspora (sessions at ICA), 2018-2019


National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)

      Awards Committee Member, 2019

Climate & Inclusion Initiatives as Associate Dean

Associate Dean for Climate & Inclusion, College of Liberal Arts, TAMU, 2014-2017


Facilitated efforts to enhance the college’s climate and diversity, oversaw diversity-related initiatives, advising the Dean on all matters relating to climate & inclusion, served as a resource to 12 department heads and 5 program directors, chaired the College’s 25 member Climate & Inclusion committee, participated in college level strategic planning, drafted the College’s annual diversity accountability report, and served on the Diversity Operations Committee. Implemented Faculty Success Program Awards for women and faculty of color, Staff Certificate Program, Lunch N Learn Series, Know Your Rights workshop, IIDEA diversity grants, and coordinated trainings (on Title IX, Green Dot, Aggie Allies, and Ability Awareness). The College of Liberal Arts received several accolades and two large merit cash awards from the university in recognition of these efforts.

Media Rise (Meaningful Media for Social Change)

Co-founder & Executive Director, 2013-present


Nonprofit organization for educators, content creators, artists, policymakers, and community members committed to meaningful media for social change. 


Media Rise Festival, a week-long annual festival held in Washington D.C. with about 10 events across 10 venues with ~50 speakers and ~700 attendees in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The festival includes:

  • Pitch Night to support innovative media projects for social good

  • 48-hour video challenge connecting causes with filmmakers

  • Youth Media Rise festival for educators and teens on critical media literacy and digital storytelling

  • The Forum for cross-sector panel discussions on best practices

  • Film screenings and discussions

  • Networking lounges, and

  • Interactive community-led workshops

Early Rise events: half-day symposiums with 2-3 keynote speakers organized in Austin, D.C., London, Singapore, Chennai (India), and Chicago.


Meet & Greet: live networking events to encourage focused conversations and collaborations amongst scholars, activists, artists, and community members


The Media Rise Online Community: virtual networking site for members to share announcements, upcoming events, workshops, and resources