Rekha Sharma (M.A., M.S., Kent State University) is a doctoral candidate in the School of Communication Studies in the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. Her primary research area is mass communication, with a secondary specialization in political communication. Building upon an educational background in journalism and information use, she has explored a range of media topics, including news, film, cartoons, infotainment, political social media use, viral marketing, and fandom.
Her academic research has been published in journals such as the Ohio Communication Journal; Mass Communication & Society; Electronic News; Global Media Journal—Canadian Edition; Media, War, & Conflict; and the Journal of Fandom Studies. Additionally, she has contributed to the published anthology War and the Media: Essays on News Reporting, Propaganda and Popular Culture (McFarland) and to the forthcoming compilations We Are What We Sell: How Advertising Shapes American life … and Always Has (Praeger) and Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture (Scarecrow Press).