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Sandhya Rao

Sandhya Rao

Sandhya Rao

Office: Old Main 210
Phone: 512-245-3790

MC5310/MC4310 - International Communication (including Study Abroad)
MC5303 - Theories of Mass Communication
MC3360 - Research Methods in Mass Communication
MC5324/MC4382O—Media Writing/Travel Writing (including Study Abroad)


Sandhya (Sandy) Rao is Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Assistant Dean of the Graduate College. She is also Honorary Professor of International Studies. Rao received a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.

Before coming to the United States, Rao worked as a journalist and public relations professional in India. Rao has received numerous honors and grants in her academic career. Her research focus is on the diffusion and growth of new media technologies in the Asian region with particular emphasis on India. Rao has published two Books (edited): Cyberpath to Development in Asia--Issues and Challenges , Praeger; and Critical Issues in Communication: Looking Inward for Answers, Sage. She has also published numerous book chapters and journal articles. Rao has presented research papers at International, National and Regional Conferences.

Rao taught at Manipal University, India, during spring 2008 as a Fulbright Scholar. During her tenure there, she created and helped set up the Center for Media and Marketing Communication Research.

Rao has served on numerous university-wide, college and departmental committees and was Faculty Senator for three years. She chaired the University’s Task force on Internationalization of Texas State University. Rao is a member of several professional associations. She has served as the Head, International Communication Division, Association for the Education of Journalism and Mass Communication. She launched the International News Writing Contest in 1997 for the International Communication Division of the AEJMC and continued to coordinate the contest until 2016.