Ryan D'Souza, Ph.D.

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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 is a communication scholar examining postcolonial culture and media. He earned his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of South Florida (2019) focusing on critical/cultural and qualitative methodologies. He also completed a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of South Florida (2017) specializing in decolonial and postcolonial feminisms. Ryan is interested in the formation of Euro-American subjectivity in structures of capitalism-colonialism, imperialism-supremacy, and modernity-rationality. He argues colonialism universalized and normalized these structures and subjectivity – it is inescapable. So, any commitment to praxis begins with communicating the world anew. He has recently published in the Global Media Journal – Canadian Edition, Communication, Culture & Critique, and the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication.


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



  • Top Research Paper, Philosophy of Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2021
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Department of Communication, University of South Florida, 2017
  • Top Research Paper, Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division, National Communication Association, 2017
  • Top Panel, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, National Communication Association, 2016


  • 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). 


  • D’Souza, R. A., Rauchberg, J. S., & Fernandez, B. N. (2022, November). Where’s labor in diversity? A cultural study of the 2020-21 communication job market. Paper presented at National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA. Division: Economics, Communication, and Society.
  • D’Souza, R. A. (2022, May). Rohail Hyatt’s metamorphosis with quantum physics and Sufism. Paper presented at Canadian South Asian Studies Association [ONLINE].
  • D’Souza, R. A. (2021, November). Decolonization: Communication and political economy. Paper presented at National Communication Association, Seattle, WA. Division: Philosophy of Communication.