Prof. Manisha Pathak Shelat has taught and worked as media consultant/trainer and researcher in India, Thailand, and the US.She has a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA and in Education from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.
Prof. Pathak-Shelat's special interests are new media, civic engagement, transcultural citizenship, young people’s media cultures, intersection of civic and consumer cultures, media literacy and gender. Broadly, her research over the years has addressed the question of how ordinary individuals engage with media to experience agency, to explore identities, and to participate in social change.Recent projects include an Academy of Finland sponsored multi- country youth media participation project, a study on online civic engagement and transcultural citizenship, and a study on digital youth cultures in India. She leads the MICA and University of Tampere partnership project on digitization of learning. She continues her association with UW-Madison as a collaborator on a digital archive of grassroots feminist political media from South Asia. Prof. Pathak-Shelat has shared her research on several international platforms and her work has been published in New Media & Society, Journal of Children and Media, Communicar, Media Asia, and as chapters in several books. She has received a number of awards and fellowships including The Soviet Land Nehru Award, Shastri Indo-Canadian Faculty Research Award, The Salzburg Seminar Fellowship and TATA Fellowship for the Study of Contemporary India. Currently she serves as Vice-Chair for the Media Education Research section of International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).