Soumia Bardhan Researcher Profile

Soumia Bardhan

Soumia Bardhan (Ph.D., University of New Mexico) is director of Global Communication Initiatives and assistant professor of Communication Studies at Kansas State University, where she also holds an affiliate appointment in the department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Professor Bardhan’s research focuses on the interactional dynamics of Western and Arab Islamic rhetorical traditions; the multivocal discourses and discursive practices within Islam; the rhetoric of Muslim minority groups; and the role of new media/social media in the cultural-political transformation of Arab societies in the Middle East-North Africa region.

She has conducted grant-funded fieldwork in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and India; presented her research at numerous national and international conferences (NCA, MESA, ICA); and her work has appeared in the peer-reviewed Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Journal of Public Deliberation, Digest of Middle East StudiesJournal of Intercultural Communication ResearchContemporary Islam, and as peer-reviewed chapters in books published by top university presses. A commitment to promoting intercultural empathy, civic engagement, and social justice drives Bardhan’s research. For an overview of current projects, visit

Professor Bardhan teaches courses related to: Intercultural/Critical Intercultural Communication; Intercultural Rhetoric; Religion, Culture, and Communication; Communication Theories; History and Philosophy of Communication Studies; Qualitative Research Methodologies; Gender, Politics, and Islam; and directs travel programs focusing on Islam and Intercultural Dialogue in Spain, France, Morocco, and India. As a certified mediator, she also teaches mediation. Professor Bardhan has taught in India, China, and the U.S. Her teaching philosophy is informed by critical pedagogy and intercultural praxis.

Professor Bardhan is vice chair & chair-elect of the Intercultural Communication Division of the International Communication Association (2017-2021). She also serves on the National Communication Association’s Task Force on Fostering International Collaborations in research, teaching, and service. She is exploring NCA’s research internationalization and is working to organize an NCA summer conference in India. She is also co-editing a book (with members of the NCA Task Force) on internationalizing the communication curriculum.

Selected Publications

  1. Bardhan, S. (forthcoming in Fall 2018). Affordances of Websites for Counterpublicity and International Communication: Case of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

  2. Bardhan, S. & Foss, K. (forthcoming in Fall 2018). Revolutionary graffiti and Cairene women: Performing agency through gaze aversion. In Charrad, M & R. Stephan (Eds.), Women rising: Resistance, revolution, and reform in the Arab Spring and beyond. New York: New York University Press.
  3. Bardhan, S. (2018). The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and ‘Ikhwanweb’: Deliberative ethic/voice in a counterpublic’s rhetoric? Journal of Public Deliberation4(1), 5.
  1. Bardhan, S. (2017). Rhetorical approaches to communication and culture. In J. Nussbaum (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopedia of communication. Oxford University Press.

  1. Gonzalez, A. & Bardhan, S. (2017). Intercultural rhetoric. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication. Wiley Publications.

  1. Bardhan, S. (2017). Internationalizing the communication curriculum. Spectra, 53(2), 18-23.

  1. Bardhan, S. & Wood, R. (2015). The role of culture in civil society promotion in the Middle East: A case study approach with technology for social networking. Digest of Middle East Studies, 24(1), 111-138.

  1. Bardhan, S. (2015). Book review- Jeremy Bowen’s ‘The Arab uprisings: The people want the fall of the regime.’ Contemporary Islam, 9, 413-421.

  1. Bardhan, S. (2014). Egypt, Islamists, and the Internet: The Muslim Brotherhood and its rhetoric of dialectics in ‘Ikhwanweb’. Digest of Middle East Studies, 23(2), 235-261.

  1. Oetzel, J. G., Dhar, S., & Kirschbaum, K. (2007). Intercultural conflict from a multilevel perspective: Trends, possibilities, and future directions. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 36(3)183-204.

For access to publications and CV, visit

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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