Dr. Anandam (Andy) Kavoori
Coordinator, Environmental Communication Initiative, Grady College, UGA.
Affiliate faculty, Center for Integrative Conservation Research, UGA.
Affiliate faculty, UGA Marine Institute, Sapelo Island, Georgia.
Garcia Robles – Fulbright Chair in U.S. Studies at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico (Spring / Summer 2020).
About: Dr. Kavoori is currently engaged in a program of autoethnographic writing that engages with issues of place, identity and media culture in a transnational context.
Study in A Second Discipline (Ecology), University of Georgia. Ph.D., Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Maryland, College Park. M.A., Cultural Anthropology, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. B.A. Sociology, Hindu College, University of Delhi, India.
Research Interests and Activities
Dr. Kavoori works in the field of Transnational Cultural Studies. He has written or edited ten books and over fifty single (or co-authored) journal articles and book chapters on the subject of media and culture in a global context, across print, television, film and digital culture. Amongst his books are The Logics of Globalization; Thinking Television and Global Bollywood. He is also the author of two books of fiction, including a novel, The Children of Shahida. He has served on the editorial board of Critical Studies in Media Communication.
Proposal for “Investigating Ecological Legacies in Amazonian Forests’ submitted to NSF’s HEGS (Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences) Program. Dollar Amount: $ 117, 832 (over three years). Kavoori and Weatherford will be part of a research team conducting an ethnoecological survey of plants connected with species found in the paleorecord in Ecuador. They will develop communication strategies […]Read More
Kavoori, A. (Science Communication / Storytelling Lead). Proposal to NSF (25 million dollars over five years) for the creation of an ERC (Engineering Research Center) for Clean and Equitable Battery Ecosystem for Sustainable Transportation (CE-BEST) at the University of Michigan (in partnership with UGA, University of California, Davis and Carnegie Mellon). The Center will develop […]Read More
Andy Kavoori has been selected for a Fulbright award. He will serve as the Garcia-Robles-Fulbright Distinguished Chair in U.S. Studies at the Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico for the Spring 2020 academic term. He will teach courses on American Media, Culture and Politics, plus conduct ethnographic research on Son Jarocho, a regional and diasporic entertainment […]Read More
“Enhancing the understanding of tropical biodiversity: Developing conceptual models and underwater videos for communicating the importance of riparian-river connections in food webs in the Brazilian Pantanal.” Global Research Collaboration Grant ($ 3000) Program sponsored by the Office of Research and the Office of Global Engagement, UGA. The Federal University of Mato Grosso Brazil has committed […]Read More
Abstract: This paper is a textual accounting of the world music phenomena (Buena Vista Social Club) across the realms of music, YouTube, social media and industry commentary. It develops a theoretical framework around “Authenticity” as an important marker of world music, and the identity politics that underlies this specific aspect of transnational entertainment media culture.Read More
Abstract: This post-colonial “Ethno-story” narrative is a contribution to new modes of narrative storytelling within the tradition of auto-ethnography, identity politics and subaltern studies. Written as an exemplar, it weaves through the unwilled constructs of two protagonists, an Indian Muslim man and a (Caucasian) American woman—working / living at the intersection of media, self and […]Read More
Dr. Kavoori teaches a range of courses—International Communication, Environmental Communication, Writing for Digital Media, Race, Gender and Media amongst many others. Since 2014, he has coordinated the Environmental Communication Initiative (an undergraduate teaching program) on campus, the Georgia coast and Costa Rica (http://envtjour.uga.edu/). He helped create and co-teaches the “Science Communication for Ecologists’ course in the Odum School of Ecology at UGA.
Dr. Kavoori has been a consultant to News Corporation, CNN International, Discovery Channel, amongst others. He was a faculty judge for The George Foster Peabody Awards for over twenty years. Dr. Kavoori has taught in study abroad programs developed by Grady/ UGA (Oxford University, Costa Rica and Cambodia), the UNO/ University of Innsbruck program in Austria and held a visiting position at Korea University (Seoul, Korea). Before joining academia, he was a journalist with media organizations in India and the United States.
Awards and Fellowships
Dr. Kavoori has been a Lilly Teaching Fellow and Mentor at UGA. In addition to awards for teaching in the Grady College, he has been nominated for both the Russell and Meigs Teaching Awards at UGA. He was a Service Learning Fellow and has been nominated by the Grady College (on three occasions) for the Distinguished Research Professorship at the University of Georgia. He was also invited to be a member of the UGA Teaching Academy.