About Me

I am Preeti Raghunath, Lecturer (Communication and Media) and Coordinator of the Masters in Communications and Media Studies (MCMS) at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia. My current work focuses on historicising and contextualising governance and inequities pertaining to AI and Data in South and Southeast Asia. Towards this, I am working on historicising the making of present-day data industries in the larger region.


Over the past decade, I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and now in Malaysia. My policy ethnography has been published as a book with Palgrave Macmillan, in 2020. 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 and sustainability lenses

Please find more about my work in my CV here



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


Research Supervision

I welcome potential PhD candidates who would like to focus on the broad theme of ‘Actors, Imaginaries, Practices: Critical Approaches to AI and/or Data Governance in South and Southeast Asia’



Write to me at preeti.raghunath@monash.edu

I tweet @preetiraghunath


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