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Communication Studies

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Faculty & Staff

Santhosh Chandrashekar


Assistant Professor
Sturm Hall, Room 292


  • BA, Bangalore University
  • MS, Bangalore University
  • MA, University of New Mexico
  • PhD, University of New Mexico


Santhosh Chandrashekar is an assistant professor in Communication Studies at the University of Denver who lives and works on unceded territories of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe. Their work examines post-9/11 racial formations in the United States by situating the South Asian diaspora in North America as a site that can illuminate contemporary racial dynamics. Deeply intersectional and comparative, Santhosh's research pays special attention to how gender and sexual logics play a constitutive role in producing some South Asians as desirable while others are rendered disposable. At the same time, their research situates settler colonialism, anti-Blackness, and neo-orientalism, among others, as implicated in the othering of South Asians even as some South Asians seen as invested in whiteness are afforded (limited) protections. Their most project, which is under review for a special edition of Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, unpacks how postcolonial immigrants are enticed to participate in settler colonialism in North America through an examination of their own journey across the higher education apparatus in the United States. Santhosh received their BA and M.S. in Communication from Bangalore University, India, and MA and PhD in Communication from the University of New Mexico.