New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development has announced the appointment of Arjun Appadurai as the Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication. Appadurai joins the more than 20 faculty of the NYU Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture, and Communication who pursue original research and teach approximately 800 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs of study. Appadurai will also serve as senior fellow at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. The appointments are effective January 1, 2009.
“NYU has strengths in global studies, South Asian studies, history and cultural theory that fit with many of my interests and which are ready for further consolidation and collaboration,” said Appadurai. “I am impressed with the diversity and depth of the faculty in Media, Culture, and Communication and student interests which will allow me the context in which to enrich my own broad interests in media, globalization and cultural analysis.”
For Ted Magder, chair of the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and director of the NYU Council for Media and Culture, Appadurai’s appointment “highlights and strengthens the faculty’s commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and a global perspective.”
“Arjun Appadurai,” says Magder, “helped establish the initial frame for the study of globalization and continues to be a vital source of innovative academic perspectives and programs.”
Craig Calhoun, University Professor of the Social Sciences and director of the NYU Institute for Public Knowledge says, “Appadurai is among the most influenti
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