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Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

Professor, Deakin University

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues is a Professor with the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India (Hybrid location - Manipal and Melbourne).

Dr Rodrigues has taught multi-platform, investigative and international journalism and research focused communication subjects at four Australian universities primarily (20 years) at Monash and Deakin. Her research expertise and achievements are in both Australian and Indian media topics including social media and political communication, media policy, diversity and the media, gender and media, citizen journalism and community media. Currently, she is researching gender justice and efficacy of fact-checking fake news. She has co-authored four books and pblished a number of peer-reviewed publications.


  • 2022–present
    Professor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  • 2012–2021
    Senior Lecturer, Deakin University
  • 1998–2009
    Lecturer, Monash University


    University of Queensland, PhD in Journalism
    University of Bombay, India, Master of Commerce, Applied Science
    Michigan State University, USA, Masters of Arts, Journalism
    University of Bombay, India, Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Economics


  • 2022
    Reporting on Sexual Violence in the Hashtag Era, Routledge
  • 2015
    Indian News Media: From Observer to Participant, Sage

Professional Memberships

  • International Association for Media and Communication Research