Nabil Echchaibi
Founding Department Chair
Media Studies • College Leadership

 Office: Armory 203C

Associate Professor Nabil Echchaibi joined CU in 2007. In 2014, he won the Ed- ward R. Murrow Award for teaching.

He specializes in identity politics among young Muslims in the Arab world and in diaspora. His work on diasporic media, Islam and modernity has appeared in a number of scholarly books and research journals such as Javnost, International Communication Gazette, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Nations and Nationalism, Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research and Media Development. His arti- cles have also been featured in the Guardian, Salon Magazine, USA Today, The Huffington Post, GEO and Religion Dispatches.

Echchaibi is currently writing his book Unmosquing Islam: Muslim Media and Alternative Modernity.

Drawing from a multidisciplinary theoretical literature in sociology, history, anthropology, media studies, religious studies, this book seeks to analyze the impact of Muslim popular and everyday narratives of and responses to modernity in a larger context of how Muslim subjects imagine and deploy multiple frames of reference in their path toward an “authentic” and “purposeful” modernity. His book Voicing Diasporas: Ethnic Radio in Paris and Berlin Between Culture and Renewal (Lexington Books) was published in 2011. His co-edited book International Blogging: Identity, Politics and Networked Publics (Peter Lang) was published in 2009. He recently directed a project funded by the Social Science Research Council, which compiled a cultural history of Muslims in the Mountain West region. The project has produced an interac- tive web resource and a documentary film released in 2015.

He previously taught at the University of Louisville, Indiana University-Bloomington and Franklin College in Switzerland, where he helped set up the international communication department.

Harsha Gangadharbatla Founding Department Chair, Advertising, PR and Media Design Interim Chair, Critical Media Practices Associate Professor, APRD Founding Department Chair and DCMP Interim Chair Harsha Gangadharbatla has taught advertising courses for over 10 years at vari- ous universities including, most recently, the University of Oregon.

Gangadharbatla’s research interests lie at the intersection of technology, business and communication. He has authored (or co-authored) over 40 publications including conference proceedings. His work has appeared in the Journal of Advertising, Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Advertising and Creativity Research Journal, among others. He is a former associate editor of the Journal of Interactive Advertising. In his other life, he was an electrical engineer and worked for Cognizant Technology Solutions as a programmer writing code in assembly language and COBOL on legacy systems. He holds a BE in electrical engineering from MNNIT (India), an MA in advertising from Michigan State University and a PhD in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.