Narain D. Batra, PhD, Professor of Communications, is a public intellectual, an international journalist, and a scholar. He has published more than a thousand articles in the Statesman, the Business Standard, the Diplomat, and the Times of India, the largest newspaper in the English-speaking world. He has published several books including The First Freedoms and America’s Culture of Innovation: The Constitutional Foundations of the Aspirational Society; Digital Freedom: How Much Can You Handle?; A Self-Renewing Society: The Role of Television and Communications Technology; The Hour of Television: Critical Approaches; and Effective Public Speaking. He is the author of the forthcoming book, India In A New Key: Jawaharlal Nehru to Narendra Modi.
He received his degrees from Punjab University, Delhi University, and Gujarat University, India. He studied “Intellectual Property in Cyberspace” (2000) and “Privacy in Cyberspace,” (2002), online courses offered by The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. His areas of intellectual interest include the First Amendment, global journalism, diplomacy, ethics, popular culture, digital transformations, disinformation, China, and the Indian Subcontinent.
At undergraduate level, he teaches Communications Law and Ethics, the Internet & Social Media, Intro to Mass Media, and Television Criticism. In the Master of Arts in Diplomacy Program he developed and teaches a capstone seminar Global Corporate Diplomacy. He is also a graduate thesis adviser.
He is an avid golfer and does daily yoga and meditation.
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