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Ammina Kothari

Associate Professor
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts
Program Director- Communication

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Ammina Kothari

Associate Professor
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts
Program Director- Communication

Education

BA, North Central College; MA, University of Oregon; Ph.D., Indiana University

Bio

Ammina Kothari is an associate professor of communication, and the Graduate Program Director of Communication MS. Her research explores the role of technology in transforming communication and journalism practices. She employs a range of qualitative and quantitative methods, including in-depth interviews, surveys, focus groups, content and network analyses in her research. 

Dr. Kothari is currently working on a National Science Foundation-funded project exploring ways to empower communities by democratizing urban data science. She was also awarded an Emerging Scholar grant from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2016, to support her research on British media's coverage of the refugee crisis.

Her work has been published in International Communication Gazette; Journalism and Mass Communication Educator; Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism; African Journalism Studies; Journalism Studies;Journalism Practice; Global Media Journal; and Journal of Asia and African Studies

Some of her on-going research projects include comparative analyses of global journalistic practices within the context of emerging media platforms and technologies, including artificial intelligence and automation; the role of journalists and social media in shaping public perceptions of controversial social and political issues.

Dr. Kothari teaches a range of journalism and communication courses, including Data Journalism, Reporting and Writing, Communication Theories, Social Media Research, Communication, Gender and Media, and Research Methods in Communication.

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Currently Teaching

DHSS-103
3 Credits
The course will examine various contemporary and global issues of digital citizenship and new ethical challenges raised by digital technology. The course will raise questions regarding how digital technology has changed citizenship practices: Who has access to full citizenship, and why? What responsibilities are entailed in digital citizenship? Themes may include the nature and value of digital technology; the relations between digital technologies and knowledge-making/meaning-making; the value of information privacy; the role of digital media in society and human interactions; issues arising from the life-cycle of new digital tools and data repositories; and questions broadly related to questions of accessibility, representation, and sustainability as applied to digital technologies. Topics may also include research ethics, piracy and file sharing, hacktivism, copyright and fair use, end-user license agreements, alternative news media, and participatory culture. Students will take up both broad ethical issues and specific professional codes and policy in diverse domains.
ITDL-151H
3 Credits
This honors seminar is a foundational course that examines how our social worlds are linked to our natural and built worlds. The corresponding emphasis on inquiry, analysis, and interpretation facilitates student-engaged learning. In exploring pertinent place and space related issues/topics through an experiential, active, and site-specific curricular focused learning, various aspects of the human condition are discovered. The theme or topic of this honors seminar, as chosen by the instructor, is announced in the subtitle as well as course notes and is developed in the syllabus. The honors seminar integrates the required Year One curriculum.
ITDL-450
1 Credits
This capstone seminar constitutes the final requirement for students in the honors program, providing a culminating senior project experience. Students will enroll in this course in their final year of study. The seminar will further develop and sharpen the student’s understanding of how their work is affected by a global context. The course uses a problem-solving focus, culminating in a written senior thesis and project presentation. Counts as honors program requirement

In the News

  • October 21, 2019

    Three women discuss app on tablet.

    Parenting app for mothers being developed at RIT

    Research is underway at RIT to create an app that will serve as a resource to help young mothers answer questions about raising a child, connect them with programs and resources, as well as foster a virtual parenting community.

  • May 15, 2019

    Student wearing eye-tracking headset stands with another student holding laptop.

    RIT research helps artificial intelligence be more accurate, fair and inclusive

    RIT has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to help make artificial intelligence smarter and more inclusive. The grant creates the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Computational Sensing for Human-centered AI and will allow a total of 30 undergraduate students from across the country to spend 10 weeks at RIT.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Kothari, Ammina and Andrea Hickerson. "Challenges for Journalism Education in the Era of Automation." Journal of Media Practice and Education. (2020): 1-17. Web.
Godleski, Stephanie, Brenda Abu, and Ammina Kothari. "A qualitative needs assessment and analysis of perceptions of a mobile health app for low-income, at-risk mothers." Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science.. (2020): 1- 13. Print.
Kothari, Ammina, Stephanie Godleski, and Brenda Abu. "Mobile-based consortium of parenting resources for low-income and underserved mothers and caregivers: App development, testing and lessons learned." Health and Technology. (2020): 1-8. Web.
Ehmer, Emily and Ammina Kothari. "Malaysia and the Rohingya: Media, Migration, and Politics." Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies. (2020): 1-16. Print.
A, Kothari, and Tsakarestou, B. "Hack the Camp’: An Entrepreneurial Public Diplomacy and Social Intervention Initiative to Address the Refugee Crisis in Greece." International Communication Gazette. (2019): 1-20. Web.
Kothari, Ammina. "Signifying Aids: How media use metaphors to define a disease." African Journalism Studies 37. 2 (2016): 19-39. Print.
Hickerson, Andrea and Ammina Kothari. "Learning in Public Faculty and Student Opinions About Social Media in the Classroom." Journalism & Mass Communication Educator. (2016): 1-20. Web.
Ehmer, Emily and Ammina Kothari. "Coverage of Burmese refugees in Indiana news media: An analysis of textual and visual frames." Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism.. (2016): 1-20. Print.
Kothari, Ammina. "The Ethics of Keeping HIV/AIDS Newsworthy in Tanzania." Journalism Practice. (2014): 1-16. Print.
Kothari, Ammina and Dennis Elliott. "HIV/AIDS Information on East African Websites: A Comparative Analysis." Journal of African and Asian Studies.. (2014): 1-14. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Godleski, Stephanie and Ammina Kothari. "Young adults use of social media for mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic." Social BRIDGES: Society, psychology and behaviour during and post COVID-19 lockdown. Bundeswehr University, Munich. Munich, Germany. 23 Jul. 2020. Conference Presentation.
A, Kothari, and Shackelford, L. "Data Sense-Making." Data and Stories in Healthcare interdisciplinary workshop in Medical Humanities. University Medical Center Berlin. Berlin, Germany. 5 Dec. 2019. Conference Presentation.
A, Kothari, and Ehmer, E. "Understanding Public Engagement with #Refugee on Twitter: A Digital Movement of Opinion Framework." Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. AEJMC. Toronto, Canada. 7 Aug. 2019. Conference Presentation.
E, Ehmer, and Kothari, A. "Malaysia and the Rohingya: Media, Migration, and Politics." Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. AEJMC. Toronto, Canada. 6 Aug. 2019. Conference Presentation.
A, Kothari,. "#CanYouHearUsNow? Decoding Muslim-American Women’s Responses to Donald Trump on Twitter." International Communication Association. ICA. Washington, DC. 25 May 2019. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina and Laura Shackelford. "Data Sense-Making." Data and Stories in Healthcare interdisciplinary workshop in Medical Humanities,. University Medical Center Berlin. Berlin, Germany. 6 Dec. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina. "“UK media coverage of the Syrian humanitarian crisis.”." Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Annual Conference. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication,. Minneapolis, MN. 6 Aug. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina. "Understanding hijab: Muslim women’s motivations for communicating on Tumblr and Instagram." International Communication Association Annual Conference. International Communication Association. Fukuoka, Japan. 10 Jun. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina. "“Mobile technology and health data: Challenges and opportunities of formulating policies in sub-Saharan Africa to govern global distribution of health information.”." International Communication Association's Annual Conference. International Communication Association. Fukuoka, Japan. 12 Jun. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina. "Teaching Panel Session: Preparing Journalism Students for a Globalized World." Annual Conference. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Montreal, Canada. 8 Aug. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina. "Role of Elite News Sources in Shaping Coverage of HIV/AIDS." Annual Conference. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Montreal, Canada. 7 Aug. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina and Andrea Hickerson. "Social Media in Journalism Education: Comparing Student and Faculty Expectations." Annual Conference. International Association for Media and Communication Research. Hyderabad, India. 13 Jul. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina and Dennis Elliott. "Acknowledging and Acting on SMS Health Messages: A Study of User Needs in Tanzania." Annual Conference. International Association for Media and Communication Research,. Hyderabad, India. 14 Jul. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina and Dennis Elliott. "Acknowledging and Acting on SMS Health Messages: A Study of User Needs in Tanzania." Mobile Pre-conference. International Communication Association. Seattle, WA. 21 May 2014. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina and Dennis Elliott. "Web-based HIV/AIDS Information: Potential for Effective Communication." International Association for Media and Communication Research. IAMCR. Dublin, Ireland. 26 Jun. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina. "Keeping HIV/AIDS Newsworthy: Ethical Dilemmas." Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. AEJMC. Washington, DC. 11 Aug. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina. "Twitter and #KONY2012." Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. AEJMC. Washingotn, DC. 10 Aug. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Kothari, Ammina. "Representing Hijab on Tumblr." National Communication Association. NCA. Washington, DC. 21 Nov. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Published Conference Proceedings
K, Rook,, et al. "A Study of User Intent in Immersive Smart Spaces." Proceedings of the Workshop on Pervasive Smart Living Spaces (at PerCom 2019). Ed. IEEE. Kyoto, Japan: IEEE, Web.
Invited Article/Publication
A, Kothari,. "Newsrooms." The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. (2019). Web.
Book Chapter
Kothari, Ammina. "Media Constructed Muslim Identity: 1999 - 2009." Identity and Communication: New Agendas in Communication. Ed. Dominic Lasorsa and America Rodriguez. New York, NY: Routledge, 2013. 107-125. Print.