Manisha Pathak-Shelat

Manisha Pathak-Shelat is Professor in Digital and Communication Platforms and Strategies at MICA, Ahmedabad, India and Chair of the Centre for Development and Communication Management at MICA. She has taught and worked as a media consultant and researcher in India, Thailand, and the US. She has a PhD in Mass Communication with specialization in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA and in Education from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. Her research interests are media and information literacy, youth media cultures, communication for social change, new media, gender, and cross-cultural citizenship. She has shared her research worldwide as an invited speaker, through articles as well as book chapters. Her recent books include Raising a Humanist: Conscious Parenting in an Increasingly Fragmented World; Handbook of Media Education Research – an edited volume and Challenging Discriminatory Practices of Religious Socialisation among Adolescents – Critical Media Literacy and Pedagogies in Practice. Awards and fellowships include the Nehru Prize of Soviet Land, the Indo-Canadian Shastri Faculty Research Award, the Salzburg Fellowship, the TATA Fellowship for the Study of Contemporary India, the MICA AGK Award for meritorious service, and the lifetime achievement award for contribution to media and communication education by the Global Council on Media Education.

Research interest

Communication for social change and citizenship, interaction of civic and consumer cultures, new media and digital public sphere, critical technology studies, media and information literacy, gender and communication, youth media.




Frau-Meigs, D., Kotilainen, S. & Pathak-Shelat, M. (Eds.) (2020). Handbook on Media Education Research. IAMCR-Wiley handbook series.

Bhatia, K. & Pathak-Shelat, M. (2020). Reimagining religiously segregated spaces: Building interfaith sites through participatory photography. Communication Inquiry. DOI: 10.1177/0196859920918543

Pathak-Shelat, M. & Bhatia, K. (2019). Examining the significance of online discursive engagement as a form of civic participation. Global Media Journal (Indian Edition), 11 (1), p.1-19.

Bhatia, K. & Pathak-Shelat, M. (2019). Using Applied Theatre Practices in Classrooms to Challenge Religious Discrimination among Students. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. DOI:

Jain V.K.P.; Genesh B.E., Garg, A.; Pathak-Shelat, M. (2019). Discovering surrogate branding via online image development: a case from India. International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy , 12 (3). DOI: 10.1504/IJMCP.2019.10020984