Assistant Professor - Senior Scale
Dr Devanjan Khuntia’s expertise is in the Sociology of Media and Social Space. He aims to understand the complex relationships between the neo-liberal global market economy, the formation of social spaces, the political economy of news media in contemporary India and its role in shaping public consciousness.
Prior to taking up their current role at the School of Modern Media, UPES, he taught Sociology at Sharda University, Greater Noida, GD Goenka University in Gurugram and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Dr Khuntia has served in academic and research positions such as Research Associate and Teaching Assistantship for various national and international universities such as the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), State & Democracy in Modern India, University of Gottingen (Germany); National University of Singapore (Singapore); Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), and the Research Division on International Migration, Centre for Development Studies (India). Dr Khuntia has been part of the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) -Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) funded project – Mediatization and Democracy in India (2015-2018) as Senior Research Associate. He has presented research papers at various International Conferences of repute such as PIVOT: Re-Visioning Peripheral Geographies: Strategies for Resilient Urban Development in the Global South hosted by Royal Academy of Engineering, London (February 2021), Reimagining Citizenship in South Asia: An International Conference hosted by University of York (September 2021), International Conference on Xenophobia in Media hosted by Sakarya University, Istanbul, Turkey (May 2022) to name a few. He is also a trained Broadcast Journalist having served at various National Media houses in New Delhi and has expertise in crime and investigative journalism.
Dr Khuntia has developed and offered many new courses at an undergraduate and postgraduate level such as Forensic Sociology at G D Goenka University, (Gurugram), Visual Anthropology for Business Management at SOIL School of Inspired Leadership (Gurugram) and Documentary Film Making at Research Tool; Media and Indian Society at Sharda University (Delhi NCR).
Dr. Devanjan Khuntia has been awarded PhD in sociology from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems (Jawaharlal Nehru University). He has an M.Phil in sociology from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems (Jawaharlal Nehru University); an MA in Rural Development from (Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi); Post Graduate Diploma in Radio & Television Journalism from the Department of Film & Television Studies, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, (New Delhi); and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature from Delhi University.