Ghosh, Bishnupriya

Professor of English and Global Studies


Presidency College, India (B.A.)
Wellesley College, United States (B.A.)
Northwestern University (M.A.-PhD.)

With a doctorate from Northwestern University, Bishnupriya Ghosh is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she teaches environmental media and global postcolonial studies. Much of her early scholarly work interrogated the relations between the global and the postcolonial; area studies and transnational cultural studies; popular, mass, and elite cultures. While publishing essays on literary, cinematic, and visual culture in several collections and journals such as boundary 2, Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Public Culture and Screen, in her first two books, Ghosh focused on contemporary elite and popular cultures of globalization. When Borne Across: Literary Cosmopolitics in the Contemporary Indian Novel (Rutgers UP, 2004) addressed the dialectical relations between emerging global markets and literatures reflexively marked as “postcolonial,” and Global Icons: Apertures to the Popular (Duke UP, 2011) turned to visual popular culture as it constitutes the global. 

Apart from works that address global mediascapes, in the last decade, Ghosh turned to risk distributions and their relationship to media. She has written several essays on the subject and has co-edited collection (with Bhaskar Sarkar), The Routledge Companion to Media and Risk (2020). She is completing a single-authored , The Virus Touch: Theorizing Epidemic Media which considers how mediatic processes detect and compose epidemics as crises events. 




South Hall 2520

Office Hours: 

Spring 2020 - Please email for appointment.


(805) 893-4622


Mailing Address: 

English Department                                                                                                                      3431 South Hall     
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170


Literature and the Environment

Research Interests: 

  • Global Media Studies 
  • Postcolonial Theory, Decolonial Studies
  • Environmental Media  (emphasis on biology and technology)
  • Science and Technology Studies


Articles & Chapters: 

"Big Bad Social Media: Distributed Affects and Popular Politics.” Special Issue of Culture Machine on Media Populism (forthcoming 2020).

“Governing by Wrong.” World Picture 6 (Winter 2011)

 “Once There Was Cosmopolitanism.” Ariel 42.1 (January 2011): 11-34.

“Looking through Coca Cola: Global Icons and the Popular.” Public Culture 22.2 (Summer 2010): 333-68.

“The Cost of Living: Reflections of Global Health Crises” Eds. Alex Juhasz et al. AIDS and the Distribution of Crisis (Duke UP 2020) 60-75.

“A Sensible Politics: Image Operations of Europe’s Refugee Crisis.” Krista Genevieve Lynes, Tyler Morgenstern, and Ian Allan Paul eds. Moving Images: Mediating Migration as Crisis (Transcript Verlag, 2020).

“Water Media in 21stC South Asia.” Eds. Sugata Ray and Venugopal Maddipati. Water Histories of  South Asia: The Materiality of Liquescence (Visual and Media Histories Series, Routledge, 2019).


Other Publications: 

What time is it there?Jump Cut 55 (Fall 2013) forum on “HIV/AIDS Activism.” 1-10  

"Emergence" (video for ASLE 2020)


Projects (Initiatives, Grants, etc.): 

2016-2017     President's Faculty Fellowship (UCHRI)

2012-13           Society for the Humanities Fellowship (Cornell University)

2012-17           MLA Executive Council (Postcolonial Studies Division), Delegate Assembly

2011-12           Critical Issues in America: Speculative Futures (programming award)

2010                IHC Research Grant

2009                Co-convenor, UC Humanities Center Residency

2008                Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor, Department of English, UCSB


Recent Courses Taught