I am Assistant Professor of New Media and Political Communicationconsiderable at the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore. Before moving to NUS, I taught at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), a federally funded university in New Delhi. I have experience living and working in diverse cultural settings in Asia, Europe and America. I use both qualitative and quantitative approaches in my research that ranges from newsroom observation studies, media content and sentiment analysis, to survey and public opinion research.
I am interested in the future of democracy globally in this era of disinformation and social media. I pay special attention to developments in the Asian region, from South Asia to Southeast Asia, and how the changing information environment impacts democratic societies. I have three complementary research areas as follows: (1) media, politics and mobilization in the vernacular; (2) elections, campaigns and political behavior in India since 2014 and in Indonesia in the 2019 elections; (3) the rapidly changing digital environment and the disinformation problems associated with it in the Asian region, with varied country-specific contexts.
In my monograph, Political Communication and Mobilisation: The Hindi Media in India, (Cambridge University Press, 2018), I provide a fresh perspective on the importance of the Hindi media in India’s political and economic transformation with evidence from urban and rural contexts. I discuss the simultaneous presence of commercialization and infotainment, together with a concern for the poor and the marginalized, in the Hindi media-mediated democratic transformation. This transformation is characterized by mobilization for electoral politics and civil society activism. I provide insights into how print, television and digital media are conjoined and are working together, rather than in isolation. In this way I unravel the complexities of the emerging hybrid media environment and the future of political mobilization in India.
The book has already been widely and favorably reviewed in eleven academic journals, including the Journal of Communication, International Journal of Press-Politics and Journal of Asian Studies. The notion of hybrid media environment, which I have developed in this book in the context of Asia, (drawing upon the work of Andrew Chadwick’s, The Hybrid Media System, Oxford: Oxford University Press) could be a useful framework to study the emerging media environment, not only in India, but in the global South, where the resilience of traditional media continues, despite the rise of new digital media. The larger arguments contained in my book have been commended by leading media scholars, historian and political scientist such as Shakuntala Rao (State University of New York, Plattsburgh), Robin Jeffrey (La Trobe University), Charu Gupta (University of Delhi) and Sumit Ganguly (Indiana University Bloomington) as follows:
Shakuntala Rao, Journal of Communication: “Neyazi’s book stands out among the lot and exemplifies the many reasons for studying Hindi media, digital culture, and political communication…. This is a riveting read for those interested in learning about India’s political communication, grassroots social movements, and media-driven democratic public sphere.”
Robin Jeffrey, The Book Review: “Taberez Neyazi’s new book is a welcome addition to the literature on India’s rapidly changing world of media by one of its most enterprising scholars of communication.”
Sumit Ganguly, The Journal of Asian Studies: “Neyazi’s book not only demonstrates a supple grasp of the material, but also delivers a cogent study of a largely neglected subject.”
Charu Gupta, The Wire: “The broad conceptualisations of the book deserve appreciation as the author explicitly situates himself in diverse theoretical debates around the entanglements between media and politics. Neyazi also provides rich empirical and ethnographic data.”