Dr. Marissa DoshiDr. Marissa Doshi

Dr. Marissa Doshi, associate professor of communication at Hope College, has received the Early Career Award from the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association.

The award is designated for members of the Ethnography Division who received their most recent degree within the past 10 years (2011 or more recently for 2022), with Doshi recognized for her record of research as well as her teaching and service work.  She will be honored on Saturday, Nov. 19, during NCA Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Doshi joined the Hope faculty in 2014, the same year that she completed her doctorate in communication at Texas A&M University.  Her research draws on feminist perspectives to examine the creative and cultural dimensions of media and technology use. Her secondary research interests include intercultural communication and issues of representation in mass media.

Doshi is editor-elect of Women’s Studies in Communication, a national journal that publishes peer-reviewed feminist communication research, reviews and commentary. She has had multiple articles published in refereed professional journals.  She was named a Towsley Research Scholar by Hope in 2017, and her work has also been funded by grants from the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the college’s Nyenhuis faculty development program.

Doshi teaches courses in media writing, transnational feminisms, and cultural communication theory, and she also mentors Hope students as collaborative partners in her research.  She is faculty adviser to the Asian Student Union and actively supports the college’s STEP (Students Teaching and Empowering Peers) program that educates about preventing interpersonal violence. Additionally, she serves at Hope on the Women’s and Gender Studies Council, the General Education Council and the GROW Advocacy Council, which is focused on strengthening diversity, equity and inclusion.

In addition to her doctorate from Texas A&M, she holds a Master of Science degree in science and technology from Texas A&M; a Master of Science degree in biotechnology from the University of Abertay Dundee in the United Kingdom; and a Bachelor of Science degree in life sciences and biochemistry from St. Xavier’s College in India.

The National Communication Association (NCA) advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry.  The NCA’s Ethnography Division promotes research and teaching associated with the ethnographic study of communication, which seeks to understand and depict the human experience of communicating in a cultural context.