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

Divya McMillin (PhD 1998, International Communication and Cultural Studies, Indiana University Bloomington) is Executive Director of the Institute for Global Engagement and the Global Honors Program at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT). She is Professor of Global Media Studies in the UWT School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and Associate Faculty of the South Asia Center and Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Global Studies in the UW Seattle Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She serves on the International Relations Commission for Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland.

McMillin teaches courses on globalization, media criticism, and research methods for the Global Honors Program and the SIAS Communication major. She is one of only three faculty at UWT to receive the highest honor in both research and teaching, with a Distinguished Research Award in 2012 and a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2017.

McMillin has extensive administrative leadership and curriculum building experience, having founded the Communication major in 2001, and pathways in Global Leadership and Global Citizenship and a Minor in Global Engagement in the Global Honors Program, in 2010. She serves as consultant for honors program development and conducts workshops on high impact global learning practices at the American Association of Colleges and Universities, and national and regional honors conferences. McMillin founded the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) in 2014, to extend the benefits of the Global Honors Program to all UWT students. The IGE integrates classroom and experiential learning through its privately-funded Student Engagement and Directed Research Programs. McMillin serves as Chair of the IGE’s Community Advisory Board, and as Chair of the Global Honors Faculty Council and Honors Executive Committee. Her innovations in teaching and curriculum building have been profiled in the UW Provost’s Report and UW Columns magazine.

McMillin is highly active on the conference circuit and has presented at such venues as the Geomedia Conference (Karlstad, 2017), Australia/New Zealand Communication Association Conference (Queenstown, 2015), Soft Power Conference (London, 2013), Prix Jeunesse International Festival (Munich, 2010), and Fifth World Summit on Media for Children (Johannesburg, 2007). She was the 2013 Robert Pockrass Lecturer at Penn State. She served as moderator for UWT’s first Views on the Pacific (YouTube video), and has hosted high profile community leaders in the IGE’s Global Classroom and Distinguished Speaker Series, respectively.

McMillin’s research on media globalization has won Top Paper awards from the International Communication Association. She is author of two books: International Media Studies (Blackwell 2007) and Mediated Identities: Youth, Agency, and Globalization (Peter Lang, 2009), and co-editor of Place, Power, Media (forthcoming). Her empirical fieldwork on transnational television networks and audiences has resulted in over 30 top-tiered journal articles and book chapters. McMillin serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cultural Studies, and as reviewer for the Journal of Communication, Popular Communication, Journal of Children and Media, Feminist Media Studies and Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. She reviews book manuscripts for Oxford, Routledge, Sage, Rowman and Littlefield, Polity, and Palgrave MacMillan.

Her column engaging prominent leaders in conversation around global learning in the South Sound and UW campus communities, may be found in the IGE newsletter:

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/