Part-Time Assistant Professor
PhD International Relations, American University, Washington DC
Her research focuses on international communication, global media studies, transnational television industry and South Asian media, culture and politics. In particular, her research explores the penetration of transnational television industry in non-western cultural markets and uses ethnographic fieldwork models to investigate production cultures – uncovering the localized practices of television production and cultural indigenization that render global media flows legible in local cultures. Lauhona has published essays in edited volumes on global media and international political economy. She has previously taught at American University and CUNY. She has also worked in the television industry in the U.S. and India, and with non-profit groups campaigning against gender based violence.
2012. “Global Television Formats and the Political Economy of Cultural Adaptation: Who Wants to be a Millionaire in India” in Global Television Formats: Understanding Television Across Borders, Eds. Tasha Oren and Sharon Shahaf. New York: Routledge. (Awarded 2013 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Best Edited Collection Award)
2011. “Who Wants to be an Indian? Re-Imagining Reality with Global TV formats” in In Media Res, Global Television Formats Theme Week, November 17, 2011, available at http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2011/11/17/who-wants-be-indian-re-imagining-reality-global-tv-formats
2010. “Reality TV, Private Television Networks and Social Change in India” in International Cultural Policies and Power, International Political Economy Series. Ed. J. P. Singh. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.