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Nilanjana R. Bardhan

Nilanjana R. Bardhan, Undergraduate Student Contact, Professor

Communication Studies

Nilanjana R. Bardhan is a Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has a B.A. (honors) from Lady Shriram College for Women at Delhi University in English literature and philosophy (1991), an M.S.J. from the E.W Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, in public relations and advertising (1994), and a Ph.D. also from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, in international/intercultural communication, media studies and public relations (1998). Her teaching and research interests include intercultural/international communication, public relations and critical media and cultural studies.

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 three times. In 2020, she received the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teacher Award. She advised the department’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter for 10 years, and has served as the director of graduate studies between 2013 and 2020.

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. 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 (University of Alabama) and co-chairs its Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Dr. Bardhan has presented her research at various national and international conferences, and 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 Public Relations Education, PR Journal, Journal of Communication Management, Mass Communication & Society, Communication Education, Public Relations Review, International Journal of Strategic Communication and the Journal of Health Communication.

Nilanjana R. Bardhan

Office: Comm Bldg, Room 2250
Phone: 618-453-1891


  • Intercultural/International communication
  • Public relations
  • Critical media studies
  • Cultural studies


  • Ph.D., Ohio University, 1998