Renu Pariyadath Profile


Renu Pariyadath is an Assistant Professor of Communication at University of South Carolina Upstate.

Renu Pariyadath

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., & Kline, S. L. (2016). Bridging difference: A sense-making study of the role of communication in stereotype change.  In S. K. Camara, D. K. Drummond & D. M. Hoey (Eds.), Communicating prejudice: An appreciative inquiry approach (pp. 1-20). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

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.

Work for CID:
Renu Pariyadath wrote KC93: Transnationalism.

Oakland U job ad

The Department of Communication and Journalism at Oakland University invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor in Communication who specializes in critical cultural studies to begin August 15, 2012 pending final University approval.  We seek candidates who work in one or more of the following areas: globalization studies-transnational flows and material culture; race and ethnicity studies in a global context; diasporic identities and communities.  Preferred candidates are expected to have methodological training in ethnography, historiography, or political economy.

Oakland offers a newly established Master’s program in Communication.   Candidates are expected to provide leadership in our MA program as well as direction in undergraduate curriculum development.  Oakland University operates on the semester system, and the standard teaching load is five courses per academic year. Teaching responsibilities will include both undergraduate and graduate courses, including our undergraduate core, multicultural communication.  Candidates are expected to demonstrate a record of effective teaching as well as potential for a promising research agenda.  Preferred candidates will possess a Ph.D. in Communication, but ABD will be considered.

OU’s 1400-acre campus is located in Rochester, Michigan, a suburban community 26 miles north of Detroit. The University hosts a residential theater company, maintains an art gallery and historic mansion, and provides an outdoor venue for summer musical events. It is convenient to many social, cultural, and recreational activities in the metropolitan Detroit area. For more information about the department, College of Arts and Sciences, and Oakland University, visit our website at

Submit letter of interest detailing teaching interests and research program, curriculum vitae, research writing sample, statement of teaching philosophy and one sample course syllabus at

Please include the contact information for three individuals who can serve as references related to teaching and/or research in the vitae. ABD candidates should include the contact information for their dissertation committee chairperson. Submit application materials on or before January 13, 2012.
Oakland University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

Critical Cultural Studies in Global Health Communication


Critical Cultural Studies in Global Health Communication
Series Editors: Mohan J. Dutta, Purdue University & Ambar Basu, University of South Florida

Global changes in migratory patterns, the increasing health inequalities faced by the poor, the health risks faced by communities at the margins of global societies, and the communicative nature of health problems have drawn additional attention to the relevance of studying health communication processes across global cultures.  This series will challenge West-centric ideals of health and human behavior by publishing theoretically- provocative, pedagogically-critical volumes addressing the intersection of communication principles and practices with health concepts and structures. The series editors seek book proposals that address (a) the storied nature of health communication practices that are globally situated; (b) structurally-constituted nature of health communication; (c) individual and collective processes of communicating through which cultures negotiate meanings of health; and (d) local-global processes of participation and organizing through which local communities seek to bring about transformations in unhealthy global structures.  The intent of the series is to foreground knowledge that creates openings for transforming structures of injustice and exploitation underlying global health inequalities.

Books in the series will be single authored books or strategic edited volumes making coherent arguments about the intersections of globalization and health. Although the series will occasionally publish research monographs based on comparative global research, the emphasis will be on publishing topical books that can be used both as advanced undergraduate-graduate texts as well as reference materials. Manuscript proposals should be addressed to series Co-editor Mohan J. Dutta at <>

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