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Daya Thussu

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Daya Thussu is Professor of International Communication. He was Visiting Professor and inaugural Disney Chair in Global Media at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University in Beijing. For many years he was Professor of International Communication and Co-Director of India Media Centre as well as research advisor to the China Media Centre at the University of Westminster in London. With a PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, he worked as a journalist both in India and the UK, for the Press Trust of India, the country’s national news agency and at the Gemini News Service as Associate Editor.

He is the Founder and Managing Editor of the Sage journal Global Media and Communication. Author or editor of 18 books, among his main publications are: Electronic Empires (Arnold: 1998); International Communication - Continuity and Change, third edition (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019); Media on the Move – Global Flow and Contra-flow (Routledge: 2007); News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment (Sage: 2007); Internationalizing Media Studies (Routledge: 2009); Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives (Sage: 2012, co-edited with Des Freedman); Communicating India’s Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood (Palgrave, 2013/Sage, 2016); Mapping BRICS Media (Routledge: 2015, co-edited with Kaarle Nordenstreng) and China’s Media Go Global (Routledge, 2018, co-edited with Hugo de-Burgh and Shi Anbin).


Selected Publications
  • Thussu, D. K. (2019) International Communication: Continuity and Change. Third edition. Bloomsbury Academic. (A Chinese and a Korean translation are forthcoming)
  • Thussu, D. K. (2018) BRI: Bridging or breaking BRICS? Global Media and China, 3(2): 117-122.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2018) A new global communication order for a multipolar world, Communication Research and Practice, 4(1): 52-66.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2018) Globalization of Chinese Media: The global context, pp. 17-33, in Thussu, D. K.; De Burgh, H. and Shi, A. (eds.) China’s Media Go Global. London: Routledge.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2016) Communicating India’s Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood, New Delhi: Sage; updated and revised edition for South Asia.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2016) The soft power of popular cinema – the case of India, Journal of Political Power. 9(3): 415-429. Also published in Chatin, Mathilde and Gallarotti, Giulio (eds) (2018) Emerging Powers in International Politics: The BRICS and Soft Power, London: Routledge.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2016) ‘The Scramble for Asian Soft Power in Africa’, Les Enjeux de l’Information et de la Communication, n°17/2, pp.225-237, Available at http://lesenjeux.u-grenoble3.fr/2016-dossier/15-Thussu/
  • Thussu, D. K. (2016) The Voice of the Global South? TV News from India, translated into French as La voix des pays du Sud? Les informations televisees en Inde pp. 227-246, in Koch, O. and Mattelart, T. (eds.) Geopolitique des televisions transnationales d’information, Paris: Mare & Martin.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2016) Where Infotainment Rules: TV News from India, pp. 295-306, in Cushion, S. and Sambrook, R. (eds.) The Rise of 24-hour News Television: Global Perspectives, New York: Peter Lang, second edition.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2015) Reinventing ‘Many Voices’: MacBride and a Digital New World Information and Communication Order, Javnost – The Public (Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture) 22(3): 252–263.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2015) Digital BRICS: Building a NWICO 2.0?, pp. 242-263, in Thussu, D. K. and Nordenstreng, K. (eds.) Mapping BRICS Media, London: Routledge.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2014) Making sense of growing global media contra-flow, pp. 123-146 in Hong, J. (ed.) New Trends in Communication Studies. Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, translated into Chinese by Professor Junhao Hong.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2014) De-Americanizing Soft Power Discourse? Los Angeles: The USC Center on Public Diplomacy, CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy, April.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2014) Bollywoodization of the War on Terror, Media Watch, 5(2): 198-208.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2013) De-Americanizing Media Studies and the rise of ‘Chindia’, Javnost – The Public (Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture), 20(4):31-44.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2013) India in the international media sphere, Media, Culture & Society, 35(1): 155-161.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2013) Paying for News?: The changing face of journalism in the world’s largest democracy, Global Media Journal (Chinese edition), vol. 13, Spring, pp. 29-41, translated by Wang Yao.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2012) India and a new cartography of global communication, in The Handbook of Global Media Research edited by Ingrid Volkmer, Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 276-288.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2012) A Million Media Now! The Rise of India on the Global Scene, The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 101(5): 435-446.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2012) Bollywood globalise, pp. 105-113, in Monique Dagnaud and Kristian Feigelson (eds.) Bollywood: Industrie des images, special themed issue of Théorème 16, Paris.
  • Thussu, D. K. (ed.) (2012) Editor’s Introduction International Communication, vol 1, a four-volume set, part of Sage Benchmarks in Communication series. pp. xxi-xli. London: Sage.
  • Thussu, D. K. (ed.) (2012) Theorizing Communication, vol. 2 of International Communication, a four-volume set, part of Sage Benchmarks in Communication series. London: Sage.
  • Thussu, D. K. (ed.) (2012) Politics and Communication, vol. 3 of International Communication, a four-volume set, part of Sage Benchmarks in Communication series. London: Sage.
  • Thussu, D. K. (ed.) (2012) Culture and Communication, vol. 4 of International Communication, a four-volume set, part of Sage Benchmarks in Communication series. London: Sage.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2012) South Asia and the frontline of the ‘war on terror’, pp. 167-183, in Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives, edited by Thussu, D.K. and Freedman, D. London: Sage.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2011) Where big money controls content, British Journalism Review 22(4): 73-78.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2011) Media Studies for a ‘post-American world’, pp.143-155, in Frenk, Joachim and Steveker, Lena (eds.) Anglistentag 2010 Saarbrucken Proceedings, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier, Germany.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2011) Infoentretenimiento S.A.: la ascensión de una ideología global, in Periodismo en television: Nuevos horizontes, nuevas tendencias, edited by Andreu Casero Ripollés and Javier Marzal Felici, pp. 29-42, Spain.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2010) The Business of ‘Bollywoodized’ Journalism, in The Changing Business of Journalism and its Implications for Democracy, edited by David Levy and Rasmus Nielsen, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2010) (ed.) International Communication – A Reader, London: Routledge.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2009) Why internationalize media studies and how, pp. 13-31 in Thussu, D. K. (ed.) Internationalizing Media Studies, London: Routledge.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2008) Globalization of the Media in The International Encyclopedia of Communication, Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2007) News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment, London: Sage.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2007) The ‘Murdochization’ of News? The Case of Star TV in India, Media, Culture & Society, 29(4): 593-611.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2006) Mapping Global Media Flow and Contra-Flow pp. 11-32 in Thussu, D. K. (ed.) Media on the Move: Global Flow and Contra-Flow, Routledge (Included in Lechner, F. and Boli, J. (eds.) The Globalization Reader, fourth edition, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2006) International Communication – Continuity and Change, second edition, London: Hodder Arnold.
  • Thussu, D. K. and K. Sarikakis (eds.) (2006) Ideologies of the Internet: Concepts, Policy, Uses, New Jersey: Hampton Press.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2006) ‘Murdochisation’ of the Media: An Asian Perspective, compos (Brazil), Vol. 18. December www.compos.com.br/e-compos
  • Thussu, D. K. (2005) From Macbride to Murdoch: The Marketisation of Global Communication, Javnost (The Public), Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 47-60.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2005) Selling Neo-imperialism, Television and US Public Diplomacy, pp. 271-284, in James Curran and Michael Gurevitch (eds.) Mass Media and Society, 4th edition, Arnold. Also published in Medien Journal: Zeitschrift fur Kommunikationskultur (Austria), 2005, Vol. 3, pp. 67-76.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2004) Mapping the ‘Murdochisation’ of the Media in Asia (in Chinese), Journalism and Communication Review, No. 211, Wuhan Publishing House, pp. 101-109.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2004) Media Plenty and the Poverty of News, in A. Sreberny and C. Paterson (eds.) International news in the twenty-first century, Luton: University of Luton Press.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2004) International Communication – Continuity and Change (Chinese translation) published by Xinhua Publishing House, Beijing.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2004) International Communication – Continuity and Change (Korean translation) published by Hanul Publishing Group, Seoul.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2004) Murdoch’s War – A Transnational Perspective, in Yahya Kamalipour and Nancy Snow (eds.) War, Media and Propaganda: A Global Perspective, London: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2004) Taming the Dragon and the Elephant: Murdoch’s Media in Asia, Media Development, Vol. LI, No. 4, pp. 34-42.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2003) Live TV and bloodless deaths – war, infotainment and 24/7 news, pp. 117-132, in D. K. Thussu and D. Freedman (eds.) War and the Media: Reporting Conflict 24/7, London: Sage.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2002) Managing the Media in an era of round-the-clock news: notes from India’s first tele-war, Journalism Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2, May, pp. 203-212.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2002) Hollywood’s Poorer Cousin – Indian Cinema in an era of Globalization, Asian Cinema, Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring/Summer, pp. 17-26.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2001) Communicazione internazionale: La dimensione Nord-Sud (in Italian), pp. 206-226, in Claudia Padovani (ed.) Comunicazione Globale – Democrazia, sovranita, culture, Torino: UTET Libreria.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2001) Lost in Space, Foreign Policy, No. 124, May-June, pp. 70-71.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2000) Media Wars and Public Diplomacy, Javnost (The Public), Vol. VII, No. 3, pp. 5-18.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2000) International Communication – Continuity and Change, London: Arnold and Oxford University Press: New York.
  • Thussu, D. K. (2000) Legitimizing ‘Humanitarian Intervention’? CNN, NATO and the Kosovo Crisis, European Journal of Communication, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 345-361.
  • Thussu, D. K. (1999) ‘Privatizing the airwaves – the impact of globalization on broadcasting in India,’ Media, Culture and Society, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 125-131.
  • Thussu, D. K. (1998) ‘Infotainment International – A View from the South,’ pp. 63-82, in Thussu, D. K. (ed.) Electronic Empires – Global Media and Local Resistance, London: Arnold and Oxford University Press: New York.
  • Thussu, D. K. (1998) ‘Mapping News Technology in the Digital Age,’ Journal of Communication, Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 164-169.
  • Thussu, D. K. (1998) ‘Diasporic Distances and Anniversary Antics,’ International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 455-461.
  • Thussu, D. K. (1997) ‘Globalization of the Infotainment Industry,’ Third World Quarterly, Vol. 18, No 2, pp. 391-396.
  • Thussu, D. K. (1996) ‘Development News,’ Unit for MA in Mass Communications by Distance Learning, Centre for Mass Communications Research, Leicester.
  • Thussu, D. K. and Boyd-Barrett, O. (1993) ‘NWICO Strategies and Media Imperialism: The Case of Regional News Exchange,’ in Kaarle Nordenstreng and Herbert I. Schiller, (eds.) Beyond National Sovereignty: International Communication in the 1990s, New York: Ablex.
  • Thussu, D. K. and Boyd-Barrett, O. (1992) Contra-Flow in Global News: International and Regional News Exchange Mechanisms, London: John Libbey, in association with UNESCO (translated into Farsi in 2012).
Forthcoming
  • Thussu, D. K. and Nordenstreng, Kaarle (eds.) (2020) BRICS Framing a New Global Communication Order. London: Routledge.
In preparation
  • Thussu, D. K. and Roy, S. (eds.) (2020) Handbook of Communication and Media in the Global South. London: Routledge (contract signed with Routledge’s Sustainability and Development Studies series).
  • Thussu, D. K. (2021) Changing Geopolitics of Global Communication (Contract signed with Routledge’s prestigious Communication and Society series, series editor Professor James Curran).
Executive Editor
  • Founder and Managing Editor since 2005 of Sage journal Global Media and Communication http://gmc.sagepub.com
Editor-in-Chief
  • Global Media and China (Sage journal, launched in 2016) 2016-2018
Series Editor
  • Series editor since 2009 for two Routledge book series – Internationalizing Media Studies and Routledge Advances in Internationalizing Media Studies series
Membership of Professional Bodies
  • Elected member, 2000-2012, of International Council of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
  • Former member of the international advisory committee of the Asian Media and Information Centre (AMIC)
  • Member of Academic Advisory Committee at CCPN Global (China in Comparative Perspective Network Global), a UK-based global academic society
  • Chatham House, London
  • International Communication Association (ICA)
Awards
  • Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Communication Section of the International Studies Association, 2014
Select external positions
  • External Examiner, MA International Communication, University of Leeds, 2002-2006
  • External Examiner, BA Communications, University of Malta, 2004-2007
  • External Examiner, MA Global and Globalization, Nottingham Trent University, 2009-2012
  • External Examiner, University of Technology, Mauritius, 2013-2016
  • Docent in International Communication, School of Communication, Media and Theatre, University of Tampere, Finland
  • Honorary Director of Communication Psychology and Application Research Centre, Journalism and Communication School, Northwest University of Politics and Law, Xian, China
  • Visiting Professor, New York University, London campus (2001-2018)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Vising Professor, Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris-II)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Vising Professor, Communication University of China, Beijing
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, Mudra Institute of Communication Ahmedabad, India
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Mysore, Mysore, India
  • Member of International Advisory Board for Bachelor Communication and Media programme at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication of Erasmus University
  • External supervisor to James Painter, Americas Executive Editor, BBC World Service and Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University: ‘The emergence of state-financed news channels – a case study of Telesur’
  • External supervisor to Fellows at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University
  • External advisor on Professorial appointment panel in media and communication, University of Leeds, 2006
  • External advisor on Professorial appointment panel in media and communication, University of Vienna, 2013
  • External advisor on Professorial promotion in universities around the world
  • Expert evaluator for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Expert evaluator of Leverhulme Professorial fellowship
  • Expert evaluator for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Expert evaluator for Australian Research Council
  • Panel member for Journalism Studies at the AHRC
  • Expert evaluator for British Academy
  • Expert evaluator for British Council
  • Expert evaluator for Fulbright Commission
  • Expert evaluator Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Expert evaluator for National Research Foundation of South Africa
  • Expert evaluator for de l’Institut Universitaire de France
  • Expert evaluatorfor Ireland’s Research Council
  • Expert for UNESCO report on Freedom of Expression
  • International Advisory Board member of Association of Communication and Media Studies, New Delhi
  • Editorial Board member of Javnost (the Public)
  • Editorial Board member of Pacific Journalism Review
  • Editorial Board member of Asian Journal of Communication
  • Editorial Board member of Media Asia
  • Editorial Board member of Asia Pacific Media Educator
  • Editorial Board member of Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies
  • Editorial board member of Vek informatsii (Information Age) (Russian)
  • Editorial board member of Journal of Creative Communication
  • Foundational Editorial Board member of Communication, Culture & Critique
  • Foundational Editorial Board member of Journal of African Media Studies
  • Foundational Editorial Board member of Middle East Journal of Communication and Culture
  • Foundational Editorial Board member of Mass Communicator: A Journal of Communication Studies
  • Editorial board member of adComunica: Scientific Journal of Strategies, Trends and Innovation in Communication (www.adcomunicarevista.es)
  • Foundational Editorial board member of Culture and Society in The Middle East (Iran)
  • Foundational Editorial Board member of Media Industries
  • Foundational Editorial board member of Vek informatsii (Information Age)
  • Member of International Consultation Board of the Journal of China in Comparative Perspective