Renu Pariyadath is an Assistant Professor of Communication at University of South Carolina Upstate. Her scholarship engages the intersection of critical cultural studies, environmental communication and social movement organizational communication. She also draws widely from transnational feminist theory, and sociological and anthropological scholarship on transnationalism. Her research typically examines communicative and relational practices and strategies for organizing in environmental justice movements, particularly in the context of transnational and other broad-based alliances to resist the global restructuring of lives and labor. She also takes interest in classroom practices of faculty of color in teaching critical cultural communication courses as well as the role of communication in helping one overcome stereotypes about Others.
Renu teaches Environmental Communication, Communicating for Social Change, Ethics in Human Communication, Organizational Communication, and Gender and Communication. She earned a doctorate in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa with a minor in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality studies, and has a Master’s degree in Communication from The Ohio State University.
Renu is actively involved in environmental justice movements in the U.S. and in India and was previously a financial journalist with Reuters in Bangalore, India. She is fluent in Hindi and Malayalam.
Pariyadath, R. (2015). From BP to Bhopal: Migrant practices of cultural translation for equitable development in the global south. In D. Broudy, J. Klaehn, & J. Winter (Eds.), News from somewhere: A reader in communication and challenges to globalization (pp. 243-258). Eugene, OR: Wayzgoose Press.
Pariyadath, R., & Shadaan, R. (2014). Solidarity after Bhopal: Building a transnational environmental justice movement. Environmental Justice, 7(5), 115-150.