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Kavita Karan

Kavita Karan, Professor

School of Journalism and Advertising

Dr. Kavita Karan is a Professor in the School of Journalism and Advertising. Dr. Karan received her PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom and the Master of Philosophy (M.Phil), Master of Communication and Journalism (MCJ) and Bachelor of Communication and Journalism (BCJ) from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. Dr. Karan teaches a variety of courses that include; Communication research methods, several Advertising courses, politics and media, and health communication. Her research interests include, political communication, strategic marketing and advertising, new media technologies and development, health communication, women’s studies and Bollywood cinema.

She has supervised over 45 master’s theses and PhD dissertations. Dr. Karan has presented over 70 papers, published 26 papers in reputed academic journals, 29 book chapters and five books. Her edited and co-edited books include Cyber Communities in Rural Asia: A Study of Seven Asian Countries; Commercializing Women: Images of Asian Women in the Media (with Katherine Frith); Singapore General Elections 2001: Study of the Media, Politics and Public (with Eddie Kuo & Lee Shu Hui); Information Policies in Asia: Development of Indicators, UNESCO publication and Bollywood and Globalization: The Global Power of Popular Hindi Cinema (With Dr. David Schaefer). She has received awards from the Southern Illinois University that honors faculty for publishing books. In October, 2018, she received the Mahatma Gandhi Samman (Respect in Hindi) award by the Non-Resident Society of India as part of global Indian achievers in various fields at the House of Commons in London, United Kingdom.

Kavita Karan

Office: COMM 1226


  • Applied Communication Research
  • Strategic Advertising Management
  • Public Service Advertising
  • Advertising and Market Research
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Communication I
  • Market Research
  • Creativity and Copywriting


Ph.D., University of London, 1994