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Ambar Basu
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Ambar  Basu

Health Communication, Culture, Postcolonial & Subaltern Studies

Office: CIS 3032
Phone: 813/974-6828

Dr. Basu joined the faculty in August 2008. His research explores how intercultural communication provides a framework to understand meaning making on health, illness, and living in marginalized contexts. Philosophies of critical intercultural communication guide his scholarship. With particular emphasis on theorizing culture as a site of globalization and social change, Dr. Basu documents and analyzes intercultural health narratives that emerge from dialogue between the researcher and research participants. His research interest is in locating communication across cultures within geopolitical discourses of power, subordination, resistance, and agency.


PhD, Department of Communication, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 2008
MSc, Economics, Calcutta University (India), 1995
BS, Economics (Honors), Mathematics, Political Science, 1993.

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
24824SPC 6913006Directed Research

TBA 100
15957SPC 6971002Thesis: Master's

TBA 100
19214SPC 7900001Doctoral Research Tutorial

TBA 100
11384SPC 7980009Dissertation: Doctoral

TBA 100


Narratives on health, culture, and marginalization: My research explores how communities living at the margins of society communicate about health, illness and living. With particular emphasis on theorizing culture as a site of social change, I document and analyze narratives about health that emerge from dialogue between myself as the researcher and research participants. My interest is to locate health disparities in the context of cultural, political, economic, and development agendas in marginalized spaces.

Reflexivity as methodology: Embracing a mix of methods such as critical ethnography and autoethnography, my research highlights the implications of knowledge production in collaboration with marginalized communities. I pay particular attention to how my politics and privileges impact my research. Self-reflexivity is an integral lens/method that shapes my research.

Graduate Students

Ariane Anderson, Erin Gough, Erin Howell