Ryan D'Souza, Ph.D.

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ADC 103

Hometown: Dubai, U.A.E.
Joined Chatham: August 2022


Cultural studies, media studies, political economy, postcolonial studies.


Existentialism, live-coding music performances, pessimism, South Asian music.


Ryan D’Souza teaches humanist and qualitative research-oriented courses in communication theory, contemporary cultural theory, intercultural communication, and media studies. 

He can support student research on projects focused on media, popular culture with a keen interest in music, qualitative and survey research development - all with a penchant for kitsch topics. 


  • Ph.D., University of South Florida (Tampa, FL), 2019
  • M.A., IUPUI (Indianapolis, IN), 2014



  • Top Research Paper, Identity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Division, Southern States Communication Association, 2023
  • Top Research Paper, Philosophy of Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2021


  • D'Souza, R.A., Rauchberg, J.S., and Nieto-Fernandez, B. (2023). The labor of diversity in the 2020-2021 U.S. communication job market. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 51(6), 602-620.
  • D’Souza, R. A. (2021). Bollywood’s Christians in Hindu modernity. Global Media Journal – Canadian Edition, 13(1), 78-93.
  • D’Souza, R. A. (2021) Composing Pakistan’s national narrative in Coke Studio Pakistan. Communication, Culture & Critique, 14(4), 587-603.
  • D’Souza, R. A. (2021) The political economy of an academic. Communication, Culture & Critique, 14(2), 293-296.
  • D’Souza, R. A. (2020). Documenting the mundane in quarantine. JACR: Communication Interventions.
  • D’Souza, R. A., & Rauchberg, J. S. (2020). Neoliberal values and queer/disability in Margarita with a Straw. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 13(2), 183-196.
  • Pal, M., & D’Souza, R. A. (2020). Indigenous sovereignty and nationhood: The Standing Rock Movement. In M. Franz, & K. Silva (Eds.), Migration, identity, and belonging: Defining borders and boundaries of the homeland (pp. 163-174). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • D’Souza, R. A. (2019) Imagining a desi future. South Asian Popular Culture, 17(1), 47-59.
  • D’Souza, R. A., & Pal, M. (2018). Encountering the postcolonial in academia. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 7(3), 361-372.
  • Sheeler, K., Weiss, A., & D’Souza, R. A. (2015). Communication and citizenship: Reflections on classroom practice. Journal of Public Deliberation, 11(2).