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Theo Mazumdar

Theo Mazumdar is a Lecturer in the discipline of Communication in the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University.

Mazumdar’s research interests lie at the intersection of public communication, international communication, and media studies, with an emphasis on new media. A mixed methodologist, he is particularly interested in the ways in which the use of new technologies like social network sites shapes public and political communication processes. His current research focuses on the digital diplomacy of nation-states, investigating the phenomenon not just from a strategic communication perspective, but also from the perspective of the global public who self-select into these digital dialogic spaces.

Mazumdar is a frequent participant in academic conferences like the annual gatherings of the International Studies Association and the International Communication Association, and his research has appeared in publications including the Global Media Journal and Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies. He regularly reviews submissions for academic journals and previously served as book reviews editor for the Sage journal Media, War & Conflict.

In recent years, Mazumdar has also been actively involved in the public sector. He successfully completed an intensive internship as a media analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State, and he has been a panelist or invited participant in conferences held by organizations as diverse as NATO and the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Prior to entering academia, Mazumdar worked in book publishing for the Bantam Dell Publishing Group and held a variety of editorial roles in the magazine publishing industry. He received a certificate in book and magazine publishing from the Summer Publishing Institute at New York University.

Mazumdar is currently completing a doctorate in Communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where he is an Annenberg Fellow. He also holds master’s degrees in political science from Columbia University and in creative writing from Goldsmiths College, University of London, as well as a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin.