Student working on a research project.

Representing South Asian Minority Identities In A Shifting Media Landscape

There have been observable changes in the representation of and advocacy by minority communities in India in recent decades, especially given the availability of new technologies since the turn of the century. This project seeks to locate the sources and media used by advocates of minority identities in South Asia, potentially finding an intersection between various identities or areas of activism. Asian Studies Professor Walter Hakala seeks student researchers interested in these areas, with potential interests in human rights as well. Students will work with Dr. Hakala to collect and interpret scholarly and non-traditional materials, from Facebook pages and blogs, to peer-reviewed scholarly articles, newspaper clippings, and periodicals. Prof. Hakala enthusiastically supports students who seek to present their research at conferences, travel to South Asia, and/or author or co-author journal articles on this or related topics. Interested students may schedule a meeting to discuss this or other projects with Prof. Hakala by contacting him at

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Asian Studies, Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, Transnational Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Communication, Media Studies, History, English
Student Skill-Set Needed: Familiarity with Delivery+ (UB's interlibrary loan system), strong research and writing skills, familiarity with gender-based theory and critique, intersectional theory, and critical race theory, ability to read and categorize substantial amounts of w
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Walter Hakala
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Asian Studies
Office: 315 Clemens Hall
Phone: 7166453419