Rekha Sharma (Ph.D., Kent State University) is an assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies in the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. Her primary research area is mass communication, with a secondary specialization in political communication. Building upon an educational background in journalism and information use, she has explored a range of media topics, including news, film, cartoons, infotainment, political social media use, viral marketing, fandom, and government-conspiracy-theory-oriented media.
Her academic research has been published in journals such as the Ohio Communication Journal; Mass Communication & Society; Electronic News; Global Media Journal—Canadian Edition; Media, War, & Conflict; and the Journal of Fandom Studies. Additionally, she has contributed to the published anthologies War and the Media: Essays on News Reporting, Propaganda and Popular Culture (McFarland); We Are What We Sell: How Advertising Shapes American Life … and Always Has (Praeger); Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture (Scarecrow Press); Debates for the Digital Age: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Our Online World (Praeger); and Remapping South Asian Cinema and Theatre: An Anthology of 21st Century Criticism (Rawat, in press).
Sharma also teaches several undergraduate courses, including Communication Grammar Review, Communication & Influence, Freedom of Speech, Foundations of Communication, High Impact Professional Speaking, Public Communication in Society, Business and Professional Communication, Interviewing, Media Use & Effects, and Introduction to Human Communication.