Alumna to return for lecture about ‘Stereotypes of Asian-Americans in the Media’

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A Penn State alumna and media psychologist will visit campus to discuss how to counter stereotypes of Asian-Americans in the media during a free public lecture at the end of March.

Srivi Ramasubramanian, an associate professor of communication and the associate dean for climate and inclusion of liberal arts at Texas A&M, will present “Geeks, Dragon Ladies, and Perpetual Foreigners: Countering Stereotypes of Asian-Americans in the Media and Beyond” at 6 p.m. March 31 in Carnegie Cinema. The event is sponsored by the College of Communications Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Ramasubramanian, who earned her doctoral degree from Penn State in 2004, specializes in media literacy, intergroup/intercultural communication, cultural diversity, and media stereotyping, with her research focusing on how stereotypes and counter-stereotypes in popular culture shape attitudes about race, ethnicity and sexuality. Her most recent projects explore digital media literacy in transmedia global contexts, media-based strategies for reducing implicit and explicit prejudice, mindfulness communication for academic resilience, critical analyses of big data from social media for social justice, and cross-sector partnerships for media activism. 

At Texas A&M, Ramasubramanian has taught courses on media theories, cultural diversity, media audiences, children and media, and media effects. Ramasubramanian received a master’s degree in communication management from Mudra Institute of Communications in India, and her bachelor’s degree in visual communication from the University of Madras (Loyola College) in India.

“All In at Penn State” supports the University’s commitment to fostering welcoming and inclusive communities that embrace diversity, encourage meaningful discussions, and are respectful of everyone regardless of their background, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status, abilities, veteran’s status, or any of the ways we differ. The initiative challenges community members to ask what they can do to embrace diversity and have a positive impact at Penn State and beyond.

Last Updated March 24, 2017