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Rahul Mukherjee

Rahul Mukherjee

Dick Wolf Associate Professor of Television and New Media Studies; Associate Professor of English


Curriculum Vitae

Fisher-Bennett Hall 243

Office Hours

M: 10-11am (and by appointment)

Rahul Mukherjee's academic preoccupations often meander into imaginings about media’s role with(in) alternative futures for/of politics and technology. He has been a fellow at the Center for the Humanities, Utrecht University and a pre-doctoral fellow of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UCSB. During 2017-18, Rahul was at Cornell University's Society for the Humanities as the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Fellow . Drawing on the conceptual lenses of cultural studies, media theory, and science studies, he has written on database management systems, advertising cultures of mobile telephony, Bollywood thrillers, chronic toxicity related to chemical disasters (Bhopal), development discourses, and translocal documentaries. He completed his doctoral studies in Film and Media Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, with graduate emphases in ‘Technology and Society’ and ‘Global Studies’. 

He has been part of two collaborative projects related to mobile media practices: one concerned with the circulation of locally produced music videos through memory (microSD) cards in parts of India and the other exploring ICT usage (platform jumping tactics) in Zambia leading to publications in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (with Lisa Parks) and AsiaScape: Digital Asia (with Abhigyan Singh). Other than peer-reviewed articles (listed below), his work can be found in Film Quarterly, Media Fields journal, Sarai, and Sustainable Media  Asian Video Cultures and Global Digital Cultures (forthcoming) collections. He has been coordinating editor of the Media Fields journal and co-edited (with Ryan Bowles) a special issue on Documentary and Space for the journal. Rahul received the Nicholas C. Mullins award from the Society for Social Studies of Science in 2014. His book titled "Radiant Infrastructures: Media, Environment, and Cultures of Uncertainty" (Duke University Press, Mar 2020) involves mediations of debates/controversies related to radiation emitting technologies such as cell antennas and nuclear reactors. Rahul's second book project "Unlimited: Aspirational Politics and Mobile Digital Practices in India" examines aspirational mobilities unleashed by mobile media technologies (under review). He is beginning a third book project on the histories of wireless signals and plant ecologies interwoven in the work of biophysicist JC Bose.  

At Penn, Cornell, and UCSB, Rahul has taught undergraduate and graduate classes on televisual representations and distributions, environmental media, digital media technologies, public cultures, Indian Cinema, documentary history and theory, and social networks. At Penn, he has been associated with the Latitudes reading group, the Mellon Project in Humanities, Urbanism, and Design, Social Justice/Global South film and art series, Wolf and Humanities Film Series ("In Relation"). He has been part of the Penn Humanities Forum on the theme of Translation, the Environmental Humanities and Digital Humanities Initiatives, and the advisory board for Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication. Rahul is also part of the graduate group in Comparative Literature, History of Art, and South Asia Studies. He presently serves on the editoral board of the Journal of Visual Culture and the editorial advisory board of Media+Environment






Courses Taught

fall 2020

ENGL 078.401 Television and New Media  
ENGL 295.402 Mobile Phone Cultures  

spring 2020

ENGL 078.401 Television and New Media  
ENGL 295.401 Mobile Phone Cultures  

fall 2019

ENGL 078.401 Television and New Media  
ENGL 392.402 Environmental Media  

spring 2019

ENGL 295.401 Mobile Phone Cultures  
ENGL 378.401 Global TV  

fall 2018

ENGL 078.401 Television and New Media  
ENGL 590.401 Global Media Theory  

spring 2017

ENGL 078.401 Television and New Media  
ENGL 292.401 Documentary Cinema  

fall 2016

ENGL 078.401 Television & New Media  
ENGL 505.401 Environmental Media  

spring 2016

ENGL 392.401 Environmental Media  
ENGL 505.401 Publics  

fall 2015

ENGL 292.402 Bollywood and Beyond  

spring 2015

fall 2014