Dr. Ishita Sinha Roy is a recipient of the Thoburn Award for Excellence in Teaching at Allegheny College. She is deeply invested in student-faculty collaborative research, and has supervised students almost every summer, funded by various internal and external grants. Her research focuses on nation-branding and the politics of competing global media representations and discourses. Her book on India’s nation-branding efforts Manufacturing Indianness (Peter Lang) was published in Spring 2019 and she is now working on a new manuscript on nationalism and surveillance.
Prof. Sinha Roy co-teaches Cohort IV of the Global Citizens Scholars Program at the college. Her pedagogical approach prioritizes project work across her various courses, linking academic theories to their practical applications through hands-on fieldwork with community partners and career professionals. Her research interest in exploring global media and cultures intersects with her teaching credit-bearing, three-week long experiential learning (EL) Allegheny College study abroad seminars that take students to various countries for short-term, intensive, thematic explorations.
Dr. Sinha Roy’s contributions to internationalize the campus led to an appointment as the Faculty Study Away Coordinator for the college, and then, as the co-Principal Investigator on an Andrew W. Mellon grant for internationalizing the campus. As the Provost’s Faculty Liaison for the campus-wide Sustained Dialogues diversity initiative, Dr. Sinha Roy has been actively involved in championing diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence efforts on this campus. Currently, she is one of three Allegheny ambassadors for the Great Lakes College Association’s BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Faculty Leadership Council.
As a tenured full professor, Dr. Sinha Roy is an institutional mentor for tenure- track and full-time, non-tenure-track faculty at the college. She is a member of the college’s Steering Committee for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and co-Chair of its Student Success Working Group. In this capacity, she is part of a select team that is working on preparing the official Report for the accreditation of the college by the Middle States Commission.
Apart from working with students on high-impact practices tied to local and global initiatives, Dr. Sinha Roy is faculty advisor for the Rotaract chapter at the college, the South Asian Students’ Association, and the Allegheny College Orchesis Dance Company. She is on the Board of the Crawford County Historical Society in Meadville, a member of the Rotary Club of Meadville AM (District 7280), and teaches in the “Creating Landscapes” Enrichment Program for high school honors students and senior citizens.