Raka Shome, a former doctoral student in Rhetorical Studies, has been awarded the prestigious Charles Woolbert Award from the National Communication Association for her work in postcolonial communication and media studies, and particularly for the essay she co-authored (as lead author) with Radha Hegde: "Postcolonial Approaches to Communication: Charting the terrain, engaging the intersections" (in 2002). Hegde will also receive the Woolbert award.
As stated by NCA, "the award recognizes a journal article or book chapter whose influence has grown with time, has become a stimulus for new conceptualizations of communication phenomena, and is reflective of the diversity of the discipline and its scholarly pursuits. Thus, the award will be reserved for an article or book chapter that at the time of the award is in its 10th through 15th year in print and has not previously received an NCA-sponsored award. The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque supported by Life Member Fund. A panel about the recipient’s scholarship will also take place at the NCA Annual Convention in the following year."