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Dr. Sumana Chattopadhyay is an associate professor in the Department of Digital Media and Performing Arts in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University. She joined Marquette in 2006 after finishing her doctorate in communication from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Her primary research interests focus on cross-cultural media coverage of crises, public opinion, political advertising, presidential debates and political participation. Chattopadhyay has served on the University Academic Senate for the past few years. She was also an officer of the Academic Integrity Council and a member of the Honors Faculty Advisory Council on campus. At the college level, she has been involved with the Undergraduate Curriculum Review Committee and is currently on the Graduate Committee. At the national level, Chattopadhyay is actively involved with the National Communication Association having served as program planner and chair of the Mass Communication Division and is vice chair-elect of the Political Communication Division.
Chattopadhyay has taught a variety of classes focusing on political campaigns, social action campaigns, media theory and research methods. She has also taught classes focusing on media management, viewing television through a critical lens, television as a global industry and international communication.