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Shaunak Sastry

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 120A McMicken Hall
Tel: 513-556-4479
Email: shaunak.sastry@uc.edu

Shaunak Sastry, Ph.D. (Purdue, 2012) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati and an affiliate faculty at the Center for Culture-Centered Research and Evaluation. His areas of interest are global health communication, critical theory and culture-centered approaches to social change with a particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS campaigns in the global south. He has published peer-reviewed articles in Health Communication, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and Studies in Symbolic Interaction in addition to book chapters and close to 20 paper presentations at national and international conferences. He is currently working on publishing manuscripts from his dissertation, for which he was awarded the Purdue Research Foundation Fellowship (2011-12). For the last two years, he has been a project manager and research assistant on the Heart Health Indiana campaign under the aegis of CUAHD (Communities and Universities addressing Health Disparities), a community-based heart-health initiative located in two Indiana counties. At the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Sastry teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in health communication, environmental communication, rhetorical theory and critical theories of health.

Education

  • Ph.D., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2012 (Communication).
  • Masters, Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA), Ahmedabad, India, 2006 (Advertising Semiotics and Qualitative Research).
  • B.A., St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, India, 2004 (Psychology).
  • M.A, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2008 (Communication).

Research Information

Research Support

  • (PI), Sastry, Shaunak, A culture-centered investigation of international female graduate students’ health experiences at University of Cincinnati, UC Office of the Provost. $7500. 08-2014 to 08-2015. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Shaunak Sastry, Integrating the family planning and sexual health information needs of male rural youth in India, Conservation, Food and Health Foundation. 24,600. 03/01/2016 to 02/28/2017. Status: Pending.
  • (Co-investigator), Kershmar, Caroline; Butsch-Kovacic, Melinda, Sastry Shaunak, Optimization of Tailored Video Discharge Instructions for Acute Asthmatics, Center for Clinical & Translational Science & Training. 10,000. Status: Planned/In Preparation.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Ban, Zhuo, Sastry, Shaunak, & Dutta, Mohan J. (2013) "Shopper's Republic of China": Orientalism in Neoliberal US News Discourse. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 6(4), 280-297
  • Sastry, Shaunak, & Dutta, Mohan, J. (2013). Global Health Interventions and the "common sense" of Neoliberalism: A dialectical analysis of PEPFAR. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 6(1), 21.
  • Sastry, Shaunak (2016).  Long-distance truck drivers and the structural context of health: A culture-centered investigation of Indian truckers' health narratives. Health Communication
  • Sastry, S. (2015). Structure and agency in long-distance truck drivers' lived experiences with condom use for HIV prevention. Culture Health and Sexuality
  • Dutta, Mohan J., Sastry, Shaunak, Dillard, Sydney, Kumar, Rati, Anaele, Agaptus,  Collins, W., and Roberson, Calvin. Narratives of stress in health meanings of African-Americans in Lake county, Indiana. Health Communication (in press)

Peer Reviewed Conference/Workshop Proceedings

  • Koerber, Amy, Arduser, Lora, Bennett, Jeannie, Kolodziejski, Lauren, Sastry, Shaunak, & Strait, Paul L. Risk and Vulnerable, Medicalized Bodies: ARST Pre-Conference at NCA, 2014. POROI, 11(1).

Book Chapter

  • Dutta, M. J., Dillard, S., Kumar, R., Sastry, S., Jones, C., Anele, A., Dutta, U., Collins, W., Okoror, T., & Robinson, C. (2013). Culture-centered approach to developing comparative effectiveness research summary guides (CERSGs) for African Americans in Lake and Marion Counties of Indiana. In M. J. Dutta & G. Kreps (Eds.) Addressing health disparities: Communication interventions. New York: Peter Lang
  • Zoller, Heather, H, Sastry, Shaunak. (in press) Communicating the politics of healthcare systems. In P. Geist-Martin, B. F. Sharf, & J. Yamasaki (Eds.), Communicating Health: Personal, Cultural and Political Complexities

Encyclopedia Article

  • Sastry, S (2014) Postcolonial Studies and Health. In Thompson, T (ed.) Handbook of Health Communication. SAGE[Link]

In Press

  • Dutta, Mohan J., Collins, William, Sastry, Shaunak, Dillard, Sydney, Anaele, Agaptus, Kumar, Rati, & Roberson, Calvin. A culture-centered approach to disseminating comparative effectiveness health information among African Americans (revise and resubmit)
  • Sastry, S., and Lovari, A. Communicating the ontological narrative of Ebola: An emerging disease in the time of "Epidemic 2.0".  Health Communication 

Invited Publication

  • Sastry, Shaunak, & Dutta, Mohan, J. (2013). Questioning the Common Sense of Global Health Campaigns. Communication Currents, 8(2).Link]

Under Review

  • Sastry, S. & Dutta, M. J. Health communication in the time of Ebola: A culture-centered interrogation. 

Work in Progress

  • Sastry, S., Weingard, A., and Yunusa, R. Using a listening-based culture-centered framework to recognize graduate students&39; health experiences. 
  • Sastry, S. and Walker, T. A meta-ethnography of lived experiences around breast cancer. 
  • Sastry, S. Bridge Populations: Long distance trucking and the rhetoric of HIV in India. Book-length monograph in progress.
  • Basu, A, Dillon, P. & Sastry, S. “HIV drugs like my birth control pill”: Lived narratives of Black and Latino MSM in an urban American context. 

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Sastry, Shaunak (04/05/2013). Postcolonial Studies across disciplines Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Sastry, Shaunak (11/05/2014). Poverty, HIV, and Trucking: Notes from the field Global Health and Poverty Roundtable, , Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, University of Cincinnati.
  • Sastry, Shaunak (12/01/2014). Ebola and the cultural politics of the "other". Ebola and the Campus Community: Lunch and Learn Series, Cincinnati State University, Cincinnati.
  • Sastry, Shaunak (10/02/2014). Between contamination and contraception: The discursive construction of HIV/AIDS among Indian truckers. Kunz Center for Social Research, University of Cincinnati.
  • Sastry, Shaunak (11/05/2014). Critical-cultural perspectives to the U.S coverage of Ebola Roundtable on the politics of Ebola: Perspectives from Arts and Sciences,, University of Cincinnati.

Paper Presentations

  • Ban, Z., Dillard, S.Jones, C., Kumar, R. & Sastry, S. (11/15/2012). Community, Culture, and Power: Culture-centered approaches to communication and social change. National Communication Association Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Sastry, Shaunak (11/21/2013). Narratives of Health as “Place”: Long-distance truckers’ meanings of health in the context of HIV/AIDS., Washington, D.C. .
  • Sastry Shaunak (11/20/2014). Between contamination and contraception: The discursive construction of HIV/AIDS among Indian truckers.. National Communication Association Convention , Chicago, IL.
  • Sastry, Shaunak, Lovari, Alessandro (05/24/2015). The networked narratives of Ebola: Communicating the meaning of epidemics on social media. International Communication Association Convention, San Juan, PR.
  • Sastry, Shaunak (05/27/2014). Migration and the structural context of health: Implications for global health communication campaigns for subaltern publics. , .. Patient empowerment, ICT and health communication: Current issues and future trends, University of Sassari, Sardinia, Italy.
  • Sastry, Shaunak (05/25/2015). The colonial genealogies of Ebola Zaire: Miasma, tropical medicine and emerging infections.. International Communication Association Convention, San Juan, PR.
  • Sastry, Shaunak, Basu, Ambar (03/29/2015). Provincializing global health discourses: A culture-centered analytical method.. Communication, Postcoloniality & Social Justice: Decolonizing Imaginations, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Sastry, Shaunak, Arduser, Lora (11/19/2014). A critical analysis of risk discourses around gestational diabetes mellitus.. National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Ban Zhuo, Sastry, Shaunak (05/24/2015). Delineating Responsibility, Decisions and Compromises: A Frame Analysis of QSR’s Online Communication about Nutrition. International Communication Association Conference, San Juan, PR.
  • Dutta, M.J., Sastry, S., Dillard, S.J, Kumar, R., Anaele, A., Collins, W., & Roberson, C. (11-2015). Narratives of stress health meanings of African-americans in Lake county, Indiana.. International Communication Association Convention, San Juan, PR.
  • Sastry, S. (11-2015). Questioning the common sense of condom use: A Gramscian analysis of truck drivers’ discourses around condom use for HIV/AIDS.. National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Dillon, Patrick; Basu, Ambar and Sastry, Shaunak (04-2016). “HIV drugs like my birth control pill”: Lived narratives of Black and Latino MSM in an urban American context. . Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Lexington, KY.

Colloquia

  • Sastry, Shaunak (10/17/2013). AIDS and the Structural Context of Suffering: Communication Campaigns and Long-Distance Truck Drivers. McMicken Hall, University of Cincinnati.

Honors & Awards

  • ICA/NCA Health Communication Divisions Health Communication Dissertation of the Year Award, International Communication Association, 03/05/2013. Each year, a committee composed of leaders from the Health Communication Divisions of the International Communication Association and National Communication Association reviews Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations submitted for consideration. Authors of the top-rated thesis and top-rated dissertation (and their faculty advisor) are recognized at the Annual Divisional Business Meeting during ICA’s conference with the presentation of a plaque and cash award..

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 01/01/2013Affiliate Faculty, Center for Culture-centered Research and Evaluation, National University of Singaore.
  • 08/15/2012Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

Service

  • Reviewer, Health Communication 2009 to Present
  • Reviewer, Culture, Health and Sexuality 2012 to Present
  • Reviewer, Health Promotion International 2013 to Present
  • Reviewer, National Communication Association Health Communication Division, 2010 to Present
  • Reviewer, International Communication Association Health Communication Division, 2011 to 2012
  • Associate Editor, Health Communication 04-2014 to Present
  • Judge, 02-2014
  • Member, Research Working Group, 2012 to Present
  • Member, A&S Faculty Senate 2014 to 2016
  • Committee Member, University of Cincinnati Yates Scholar Selection Committee, 03-2014 to 03-2014
  • Asian Journal of Communication 2015 to Present
  • Communication Monographs 2015 to Present
  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Health Communication 2016
  • Committee Member, A&S Senate Faculty Affairs Committee, 2015
  • Committee Member, Department of Communication Faculty Search Committee, 2015 to 2016
  • Committee Member, University of Cincinnati Graduate School Yates Scholarship Selection Committee,
  • Committee Member, National Communication Association Health Communication Division Outstanding Scholar in Health Communication Award Committee, 2015 to 2015

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 2008 to Present ,Member, National Communication Association
  • 2009 to Present ,Member, International Communication Association

Courses Taught

  • Communicating Health, Science and the Environment
    Communicating Health, Science and the Environment
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 14FS

  • Rhetoric and Society
    Rhetoric and Society
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 14SS

  • Seminar in Health Communication: Culture, Meaning and Power
    Seminar in Health Communication: Culture, Meaning and Power
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 13SS

  • Rhetoric and Society
    Rhetoric and Society
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13FS

  • -COMM-8069 HLTH COMM: CULTURE
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 13FS

  • Contemporary Issues in Communication
    Contemporary Issues in Communication
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 14FS
    Comments: Capstone seminar in Communication: Offered under the title "Contemporary Issues in Communication: Seminar in Urban Communication"
  • Communicating Health, Science and the Environment
    Communicating Health, Science and the Environment
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12U

  • -COMM-8069 HLTH COMM: CULTURE
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 15SS

  • Contemporary Issues in Communication
    Contemporary Issues in Communication
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 15SS

  • Advanced Communication Theory
    Advanced Communication Theory
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 15FS

  • -COMM-2004 COMM HEALTH/ENV/SCI
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 15FS

  • -COMM-2004 COMM HEALTH/ENV/SCI
    Term: 16SS

  • Capstone in Contemporary Issues
    Capstone in Contemporary Issues
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 16SS
    Comments: Conducted a classroom-based research project alongside a community organization, CAIN food pantry.
  • Capstone in Contemporary Issues
    Capstone in Contemporary Issues
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 16SS
    Comments: Conducted a classroom-based research project alongside a community organization, CAIN food pantry.