Ohio University announced Monday that associate professor of communications studies Purba Das will be the Fall Semester commencement speaker.
Das, who teaches at OU’s Southern campus, conducts research with a culture-centered approach, according to an OU media release. Her main research interests are intercultural communication and health communication, which she uses to analyze the media and health narratives surrounding marginalized groups.
“Dr. Das’ extensive knowledge of intercultural and health communication research is very impressive,” OU President Duane Nellis said in the release. “In addition to being an expert in her field, she is also an outstanding teacher and I am looking forward to hearing her advice for our graduates as they embark on their next chapters.”
Das is a co-chair for the Inclusive Pedagogy Academy and a collaborator in the One OHIO initiative. She has also been involved in the Collaborative Online International Learning initiative and is chair of the University International Council.
Das is also co-chair of the newly formed International Think Tank, which examines international student services, alumni relationships, partnerships, research and more at OU, according to a media release.
“It is truly an honor to be selected as OHIO’s Fall Commencement speaker,” Das said in the release. “Commencement may take place in a different format this fall, but it is still an event of celebration and acknowledgment for our graduates. I am looking forward to recognizing them and taking part in December.”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, fall commencement will be held virtually Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.