Professor Bella Mody joined the JMC faculty in Fall 2004 as the first James E. deCastro Chair in Global Media. For 25 years prior to joining the University of Colorado, Mody was a professor and administrator at Stanford University, San Francisco State University and Michigan State University. Before that, she worked as a social scientist in India’s space research organization and an advertising writer for J. Walter Thompson Company in Kolkata.
Mody specializes in the political economy of media in developing countries and in design research on public service applications of communication media.
The Sage Handbook of International and Intercultural communication (second edition) that she co-edited will appear in Chinese in 2012-2013 with her new foreword. Her “The Geopolitics of Representation in Foreign News: Explaining Darfur Sudan” (Lexington Press, Rowman and Littlefield, 2010) that won the Best Book of the Year award from the Global Communication and Social Change Division of the International Communication Association showcases the collaboration of eighteen students, staff and professors.
Her books include “International and Development Communication: a 21st Century Perspective” (ed., Sage 2003), “The Handbook of International and Intercultural Communication”(co-ed., Sage 2001), “Telecommunication Politics” (co-ed., Lawrence Erlbaum 1995), and “Designing Messages for Development Communication” (author, Sage 1991).
Her journal articles have been published in Nordicom Review, Global Media and Communication, Communication Theory, The Journal of International Communication, The Information Society, The Journal of Communication, Telecommunication Policy, Media Development, Telematics and Informatics, Gazette, International Development Review, Educational Broadcasting International, Communication Research, Journal of Research in Personality and the Journal of Social Psychology.
Mody has consulted for universities, UN agencies, national governments and humanitarian organizations on media applications for agriculture, health and education in her native India, and in Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Barbados, Ghana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa. Mody’s academic degrees are from Gujarat University, the University of Pennsylvania and Ranchi University.