Sukhmani Khorana

Senior Lecturer (Media and Culture), University of Wollongong

Sukhmani Khorana holds a PhD in film studies from the University of Adelaide. Her doctoral project involved a holistic study of diasporic cinema, as well as a manifestation of the same in the making of a documentary about Indian migrants. Her current research looks at cross-platform refugee narratives, diversity in film and television, and food in inter-cultural contexts.

With Prof Kate Darian-Smith and Prof Sue Turnbull, Sukhmani holds an ARC Linkage grant examining migration and television in Australian. She also has a new monograph on food and cosmopolitanism, published by Rowman and Littlefield International.

Sukhmani's teaching spans global media, screen studies, media ethics, qualitative research methods and intersectional cultural studies.

Specialties: Diaspora Theory and Practice, Transnational Film, Television News, Migrant and Refugee Media, Food Media, Food Politics, Politics of Empathy, Food and Place


  • 2011–2012
    Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Film and Television, Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies (CCCS) at University of Queensland


  • 2010 
    University of Adelaide, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Migration, Cultural Diversity and Television: Reflecting Modern Australia
    Funding Source:
    Australia Research Council
  • 2013
    Gondwanalandings: Voices of the Emerging Indian Diaspora in Australia
    Funding Source:
    Australia India Council (DFAT)

Research Areas

  • Film, Television And Digital Media (1902)
  • Asian Cultural Studies (200202)
  • Screen And Media Culture (200212)
  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies (200209)
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205)