About Me

I am Preeti Raghunath, Lecturer in Communications and Media Studies at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia. My current work looks at the histories and contemporary aspects of the global data economy in modern times (more soon).

I bring with me international teaching, research, administrative and professional experience. After my PhD, I have taught in India and Malaysia, and am an incoming Lecturer in Digital Media and Society at the University of Sheffield, UK, starting May 2023.

Over the past decade, I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh); and qualitative digital research on Southeast Asia. My policy ethnography in South Asia was published as a book with Palgrave Macmillan, in 2020 (more below). An edited collection on media anthropology is under contract and forthcoming with Routledge.

Areas of interest

  • public-centric workings of communication technologies, both policies and practices
  • empire and media, bringing archival and ethnographic perspectives to the global
  • theorising media policy through critical, deliberative, sustainability and southern lenses

Please find more about my work in my CV here

For news on my research and writing, please follow my updates here


Read more about my book, Community Radio Policies in South Asia: A Deliberative Policy Ecology Approach here


I am open to collaborating on aspects and issues of common interest. Please write to me at preetimalaraghunath@gmail.com. You can also reach out to me on Twitter @preetiraghunath

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