Nilanjana Bardhan Researcher Profile

Nilanjana BardhanDr. Nilanjana R. Bardhan (Ph.D., Ohio University) is professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC).

Dr. Bardhan’s teaching interests include intercultural/international communication, public relations and critical media and cultural studies. In her research, she particularly focuses on identity/difference/culture, diversity and inclusion, globalization and postcolonial theory. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses and has been awarded the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in the Communication Studies Department at SIUC twice. She advised the department’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter for 10 years, and continues to be involved with the organization.

Dr. Bardhan is the co-editor of Public Relations in Global Cultural Contexts (Routledge) and Identity Research and Communication (Lexington Press), and the co-author of Cultivating Cosmopolitanism for Intercultural Communication (Routledge). The latter two books have won best book awards from the National Communication Association’s International and Intercultural Communication Division. She has published several book chapters, and articles in journals such as the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Communication Quarterly, Journal of Public Relations Research, Journal of Communication Management, Mass Communication & Society, Communication Education, Public Relations Review, International Journal of Strategic Communication and the Journal of Health Communication. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, PR Inquiry, and the International Journal of Strategic Communication.

Select Publications:


Sobré-Denton, M. & Bardhan, N. (2013).  Cultivating cosmopolitanism for intercultural communication: Communicating as global citizens. New York: Routledge.

Bardhan, N., & Orbe, M. (Eds.). (2012). Identity research and communication: Intercultural reflections and future directions. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Bardhan, N. & Weaver, C.K. (Eds). (2011). Public relations in global cultural contexts: Multi-paradigmatic perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Journal Articles

Bardhan, N., & Zhang, B. (in press). A post/decolonial view of race and identity through the narratives of U.S. international students from the global South.

Patwardhan, P., & Bardhan, N. (2014). Worlds apart or a part of the world? Public relations issues and challenges in India.  Public Relations Review, 40(3), 408-419.

Bardhan, N. (2013). Constructing the meaning of globalization: A framing analysis of The PR Strategist. Journal of Public Relations Research, 25(3). 1-20.

Suo, C., & Bardhan, N. (2013). Charting the waters of globalization: An analysis of Haier’s strategic organizational communication. International Journal of Strategic Communication, 7(3). 186-206.

Bardhan, N. (2011). Slumdog Millionaire meets ‘India Shining’: (Trans)national narrations of identity in the South Asian diaspora. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 4(1), 42-61.

Book Chapters

Bardhan, N. (2015). Building bridges along the edges of culture. In K. Sorrells & S. Sekimoto (Eds.), Globalizing Intercultural Communication: A Reader (pp. 55-62). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

Bardhan, N., & Sobre-Denton, M. (2015). Interculturality, cosmopolitanism, and the role of the imagination: A perspective for communicating as global citizens. In M. Rozbicki (Ed.), Perspectives on interculturality (pp. 131-160). Palgrave Macmillan.

Bardhan, N., & Patwardhan, P. (2014). Public relations in a transforming environment: Perspectives from public relations leaders in India. In B. Berger & J. Meng (Eds.), Public relations leaders as sense makers: A global study of leadership in public relations and communication management (pp. 156-170). New York: Routledge.

Bardhan, N. (2012). Culture as a “traveling” variable in transnational public relations: A dialectical approach In D. Waymer (Ed.), Culture, social class and race and in public relations (pp. 13-30). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.



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