University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Aswin Punathambekar

Associate Professor, Media Studies


Dr. Aswin Punathambekar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies. He holds a PhD in Media and Cultural studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.S. in Comparative Media Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Aswin’s research and teaching focus on the impact that globalization and technological change have on the workings of media industries, formations of audiences and publics, and cultural identity and politics. He is the author of From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry (NYU Press, 2013), co-author of Media Industry Studies (Polity, 2020), and co-editor of Global Bollywood (2008), Television at Large in South Asia (2013), and most recently, Global Digital Cultures: Perspectives from South Asia (2019). He is currently working on a co-authored book, provisionally titled The Digital Popular: Media, Culture, and Politics in Networked India.

He serves as an editor of the peer-reviewed journal Media, Culture and Society and co-edits the Critical Cultural Communication book series for NYU Press.

Prior to joining the University of Virginia, Dr. Punathambekar taught at the University of Michigan where he was also the Founding Director of the Global Media Studies Initiative. At Virginia, Aswin is working towards establishing a Global Media Studies Collaboratory, a cross-disciplinary hub for academics, students, media practitioners, and others to explore the global impact of media and communication technologies, cultures, and industries in a comparative and historical fashion.