About Us

The Division for Global Communication and Social Change exists to encourage and debate research on issues of production, distribution, content and reception of communications media at global, "glocal", transnational, transcultural, international and regional levels. Within this purview it encompasses work across a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, concerning issues of media/mediated communication in cultural, economic, political or social contexts, including strategic mediated communication for development, social change or social justice.


The "Global Communication and Social Change Division" (GCSCD) was constituted in 2006, and it exists under the authority of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the International Communication Association. The predecessor of GCSCD was the “Intercultural and Development Communication” division, which also spawned a new “Intercultural Communication” division, with the two areas of study seeming increasingly distinct and worthy of their own divisions.

The final chair of “Intercultural and Development Communication” was Min-Sun Kim, and prior chairs had included Bella Mody, and Karin Wilkins, who was Chair of “Intercultural and Development Communication” until 2005, and advocated for creation of the new GCSC division.  With this change, Oliver Boyd-Barrett went from being Vice Chair of the predecessor division to being the first chair of the new GCSC division.  Robert Huesca was elected as the first vice chair of the division, succeeding Oliver Boyd-Barrett as Chair.

Since then, the division has grown in membership and been led by scholars from universities around the world. For the current leadership of the division, you can visit our current officers page. The list below includes the names of scholars who served in different capacities to the leadership of the division for GCSC over the years. 

Past GCSC Officers


  • 2007 - 2009: Oliver Boyd-Barrett
  • 2009 - 2011: Robert Huesca
  • 2011 - 2013: Antonio C. La Pastina
  • 2013 - 2015: Rashmi Luthra
  • 2015 - 2017: Terry Flew
  • 2017 - 2019: Shiv Ganesh
  • 2019 - 2021: Radhika Gajjala


  • 2012 - 2014: Joe F. Khalil
  • 2018-2020: Yu Hong

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