Data for Social Justice in Media Contexts
In this talk, Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian offers insights from her new co-authored book “Quantitative Research Methods in Communication: The Power of Numbers for Social Justice” by Routledge. Using media-based examples on digital media literacies and racial justice, she will illustrate how researchers can use data-driven approaches to address implicit racial bias, civic engagement, policy change, and social transformation within media and tech spaces. Here she will draw on her lived experiences as an immigrant bicultural desi woman faculty of color, her research on critical media effects relating to stereotypes and (de)stigmatization processes, her teaching experiences at a historically white institution, her community-based advocacy work on media literacy, and her diversity leadership experience. She will end the talk with a research agenda and roadmap for long-term changes for greater digital equity and racial justice. She will draw on grassroots activism models and the transformative paradigm to reimagine media and technology as alternative spaces for community-building, healing, liberation, and social transformation.
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 70 scholarly publications and 100 invited talks on these topics. She is the Associate Editor of the Psychology of Popular Media and also serves on the editorial board of nine leading communication and media journals. A TEDx speaker, she has delivered several keynotes and invited talks around the world and been featured in popular news outlets such as National Public Radio, Huffington Post, Dallas Morning News, and India Today. She was recently named Presidential Impact Fellow at her university for “rising to meet the challenges of their field and demonstrating impact towards creating a better world.” Her research awards include the NCA Gerald M. Phillips Distinguished Award for Applied Communication Scholarship, NAMLE Outstanding Media Literacy Researcher Award, and the Liberal Arts Cornerstone Faculty Fellowship.
Check out Quantitative Research Methods in Communication: The Power of Numbers for Social Justice co-authored by Erica Scharrer & Srividya Ramasubramanian published by Routledge, which is now available for purchase at Routledge and Amazon.