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Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

Professor, Deakin University

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues is an Adjunct Professor with the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University, India (Melbourne based). She is a Visiting Scholar at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University.

Dr Rodrigues has taught multi-platform, investigative and international journalism and research focused communication subjects at four Australian universities including Monash and Deakin. Her research expertise and achievements are in both Australian and Indian journalism topics including social media and political communication, media policy, diversity and the media, citizen journalism and community media. Currently, she is researching gender equity and the media in the hashtag era and efficacy of fact-checking fake news. She has co-authored two books on Indian media: Indian Media in a Globalised World (2010) and Indian News Media: From Observer to Participant (2015), and a number of peer-reviewed publications.


  • 2022–present
    Professor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education


    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