Nilanjana Bardhan Profile

ProfilesDr. 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).

Nilanjana BardhanDr. 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 Department of Communication Studies at SIUC three times. She advised the department’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter for 10 years.

In 2019, Dr. Bardhan received the Women of Distinction Award from SIUC. This award recognizes employees for their sustained commitment to women and/or issues of diversity through demonstrated leadership, vision and action. At SIUC, she has been on the advisory board of the Global Media Research Center, serves on the Diversity Curriculum Committee/Diversity Council and on the Diversity Action Council for the SIUC system. She is currently a member of the National Communication Association (NCA) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She also serves on the board of the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations and co-chairs its Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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 CommunicationPR 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. (2017). A post/decolonial view of race and identity through the narratives of U.S. international students from the global South. Communication Quarterly, 65(3), 285-306.

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. (2019). Practicing public relations across cultures: The value of intercultural communication competence. In C. Kim (Ed.), Public relations: Competencies and practice (pp. 43-57). New York, NY: Routledge.

Bardhan, N. (2018). Telling the story of the Ebola health crisis: Cosmopolitan communication as a framework for public relations in global contexts. In J. Drzewiecka  & T. Nakayama (Eds.), Global dialectics in intercultural communication: Case studies (pp. 205-224). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

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.

Work for CID:

Nilanjana Bardhan wrote Constructing Intercultural Dialogues #4: America the Beautiful.

Southern Illinois Univ job ad


The department seeks a teacher/scholar in communication pedagogy, performance studies, rhetoric, or some combination of those areas, with expertise in qualitative methods, or other strategies for researching lived experience in cultural contexts. We welcome all qualified applicants, but we particularly seek scholars working from interpretive, critical, and/or postmodern perspectives.

DUTIES include: graduate advising and committee service, pursuing active research agenda, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses as assigned, and providing service as needed. Graduate teaching includes such courses as: critical communication pedagogy; speech communication at university level; communication pedagogy and culture; teaching as performance; seminar in communication pedagogy; studies in rhetoric; theory and criticism in performance studies; or others in area of expertise and as needed by the department. Undergraduate teaching should contribute to one or more of the undergraduate specializations.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: a) Ph.D. in speech communication or closely related field; b) expertise in communication pedagogy, performance studies or rhetoric as indicated by major graduate coursework, dissertation, relevant experience, or scholarly publication. For either position, ability to supervise graduate assistants teaching the basic course is preferred. Additional expertise in one or more of the following areas is preferred: interpersonal communication; intercultural communication; organizational communication; or gender, sexuality, and communication. Assistant Professor (tenure track) requirements include: college/university teaching experience; scholarly accomplishment indicated by single author or first author peer-reviewed national journal articles or conference papers. Three or more years in rank and experience supervising graduate research preferred. If all of the requirements for the Ph.D. are not met by August 15, 2011, a one-year contract at the rank of instructor will be offered at a reduced salary. Associate Professor (tenure track) requirements include: six years university-level teaching; evidence of scholarly accomplishment indicated by a substantial record of single author or first author peer-reviewed national journal articles or books, and conference papers.

APPLICATION DEADLINE is June 10, 2011, or until filled.  Effective date of appointment will be August 16, 2011.  TO APPLY, send letter of application, curriculum vitae, publication/ manuscript sample, transcript copies of highest degree earned, and three current letters of reference to Nathan Stucky, Chair, Department of Speech Communication, Mail Code 6605, SIUC, 1100 Lincoln Dr., Carbondale, IL  62901.  SIUC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged, and will receive consideration.

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