BA, North Central College; MA, University of Oregon; Ph.D., Indiana University
Since coming to RIT in the Fall of 2012, Professor Kothari has been teaching a variety of journalism and communication classes, including Intro to Journalism, Reporting and Writing, Computer-Assisted Reporting, Mass Communications and Communication, Gender and Media.
Her research focuses on issues related to health, gender, technology and religion that are situated within the contexts of global communication, journalism and media studies. Professor Kothari often employs a multi-method approach to her work, which has included in-depth interviews, quantitative content analysis, textual and semiotic analyses and structural equation modeling.
Some of her on-going research projects include comparative analyses of global journalistic practices within the context of emerging media platforms; how the media conveys information based on the newsworthiness of the issue; and exploring effective channels for message transmission based on topics and target demographics. Professor Kothari was awarded an Emerging Scholar grant from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in January 2016 to support her research on how the British media have been reporting on the refugee crisis. In 2013 and 2014, she was awarded competitive grants to conduct fieldwork in Tanzania to assess the feasibility of using short-message-system (SMS) to communicate health information.
Professor Kothari’s dissertation examined how journalistic practices and the relationship between journalists and their news sources, influences media coverage of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. She was awarded two university-wide competitive research fellowships in 2010 to conduct her fieldwork in Tanzania, which involved interviews with journalists and leaders of NGOs. In addition to interviews, she also conducted semiotic and content analyses of newspaper texts, to examine how media representations contributed to the social construction of HIV/AIDS.