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Professor, Global Media Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Director, Institute for Global Engagement
Director, Global Honors Program
University of Washington, Tacoma

PhD 1998, International Communication and Cultural Studies, Indiana University Bloomington

Divya McMillin is Director of the Institute for Global Engagement and the Global Honors Program, and Professor of Global Media Studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) at the University of Washington (UW) Tacoma. She serves on the UW Seattle Office of Global Affairs Leadership Team, is Associate Faculty of the South Asia Center and Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Global Studies in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She teaches courses on globalization, media criticism, and research methods for the Global Honors Program and the IAS Communication major.

McMillin founded the Communication major in 2001, served as its coordinator (2001-2005) and as Global Honors Advisory Board member (2005-2008) before assuming the role of Global Honors Director in 2009. Under her leadership, Global Honors has expanded its curriculum to offer a Minor in Global Engagement, more than doubled its graduates, secured a Global Scholar merit award for each student, and developed fully-funded international research opportunities for undergraduates.

McMillin is founding Director of the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) in Fall 2014, which promotes partnerships across academia and industry, and collaborations across disciplines, to promote the best thinking and action on global issues. Anchored by the Global Honors Program and building on its core values of collaboration and innovation, the IGE expands access to Research and Experiential Learning for all UW Tacoma students through a thriving Community Engagement Program.

McMillin is author of International Media Studies (Blackwell 2007) and Mediated Identities: Youth, Agency, and Globalization (Peter Lang, 2009). She is co-editor of the anthology Place, Power, Media (forthcoming).

Her research on media globalization and audiences has been published in the Journal of Communication, Popular Communication Journal, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Economic and Political Weekly, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, Indian Journal of Gender Studies , and the International Communication Bulletin.

Her book chapters have been published in such anthologies as Critical Asian Histories (2015, Routledge), TV’s Betty Goes Global (2013, I.B. Tauris), Re-Orienting Global Communication (2010, University of Illinois Press), South Asian Technospaces (2008, Peter Lang), Girl Wide Web (2006, Peter Lang) and Planet TV (2003, New York University Press).

Her conference presentations have won top paper awards. In 2012, McMillin received the University of Washington Tacoma’s Distinguished Researcher Award.

McMillin serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cultural Studies, and has served as reviewer or editorial board member for such top-tiered journals as the Journal of Communication, Popular Communication, Journal of Children and Media, Feminist Media Studies and Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. She reviews book manuscripts for Routledge, Sage, Rowman and Littlefield, and Palgrave MacMillan.

McMillin is highly active on the conference circuit and has been invited to speak at such venues as the Fifth World Summit on Media for Children (Johannesburg, 2007), the Prix Jeunesse International Festival (Munich, 2010), and was the 2013 Robert Pockrass Lecturer at Penn State. McMillin is a top-rated Cartus consultant on outsourcing and cultural exchange. She works collaboratively with the Internationales Zentralinstitut für das Jugend-und Bildungsfernsehen of the Bavarian Broadcasting Company to promote high quality programming for youth television worldwide.

Read recent profiles on McMillin in the May 2014 UW Provost’s Report (p. 10) and the June 2013 UW Columns magazine. For a complete curriculum vitae, please contact her at:

University of Washington, Tacoma
Box 358436, 1900 Commerce Street, Tacoma, WA 98402-3100
Phone: (253) 692-5651
Email: divya@uw.edu
Web: http://faculty.washington.edu/divya/