Faculty & Ambassadors
Communication Arts Professor Dr. Ishita Sinha Roy has taught Media & Cultural Studies at Allegheny College since 2001. Dr. Sinha Roy received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where she also taught before moving to Pennsylvania. She specializes in postcolonial investigations of global media, with an emphasis on nation-branding. Her latest publication, Manufacturing Indianness examines the merging of populism, religious fundamentalism, and a free market logic in the strategic marketing of the Hindutva ('pure' Hindu) brand of neoliberal nationalism in the sub-continent.
While completing her first Master's degree (English Literature) in India, Prof. Sinha Roy worked in the advertising industry and co-supervised the first-ever national Energy Conservation campaign in the sub-continent.
Ishita has led several Experiential Learning Study Abroad Seminars for academic credit, at the college. Among her various community-based projects, she formed "Growing Hearts. Growing Minds" with Allegheny College students, and in collaboration with the Rotary Club of mid-town Bombay, India. The group was involved in educational initiatives within an internationally renowned global sustainability project from 2008-16, in the tribal village of Baste in western India. A large part of the project focused on educating girls, providing them with vocational training opportunities, and forming a women's cooperative that spurred female entrepreneurship and earning power.
In 2000, Ishita was awarded the student-nominated teaching award at the Annenberg School of Communication (USC), and in 2008, she received the Thoburn Award for Excellence in Teaching at Allegheny College.
Ishita has served as the Co-Principle Investigator on an Andrew W. Mellon Grant for Internationalizing the Campus, and as the Faculty Study Away liaison at Allegheny College. She designed, and for several years taught the mandatory intercultural communication course (EXL300) that is taken by all study abroad students in an Allegheny-sponsored program.She was the Provost's appointee in leading the "Sustained Dialogues" employee initiative at Allegheny College during 2017-18. Currently, Ishita is co-chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women Employees and Employees of Color at the college, and together with Dr. Waggett, is co-leading the 2020-2023 Global Citizen Scholars' Cohort on "Empowering Women and Girls Across the World."
Dr. Caryl Waggett is a Professor of Global Health Studies at Allegheny College focusing on environmental health. Her research explores the human health outcomes from natural (vector-borne diseases) and built environments (lead poisoning, food insecurity, community design) using mixed methods techniques, such as ecological & environmental monitoring and surveillance, epidemiological analyses, policy analyses, and qualitative assessments.
Caryl has organized numerous multi-day professional development workshops for faculty teaching global health: "Teach Global Health: Summer Institute for Undergraduate Curriculum and Course Design" (2015, 2017, 2020), "Integrating Experiential Learning into Global Health Curriculum" in Brunca, Costa Rica (AAC&U, ASPPH, CFHI, and CUGH, 2019, 2020) and "Integrating Human Health and the Environment" (The National Academies’ Institute of Medicine, CDC, CEDD, 2009), and numerous workshops on behalf of other professional organizations and universities (AAC&U, ASPPH, CEDD, CUGH).
Caryl is co-chair of the CUGH (Council of Universities of Global Health)’s Sub-Committee on Master’s and Undergraduate Degrees in Global Health, a representative to the ASPPH (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health)’s Undergraduate Network for Global and Public Health, and facilitates the AAC&U (Association of American Association of Colleges & Universities) Educated Citizen and Public Health listserv.
See the 2019 Spring/Summer issue of Diversity & Democracy ( published by the American Association of Colleges & Universities in collaboration with Allegheny College) that was co-edited by Dr. Waggett.
To learn more about her work in Global Health Education: Click here
In fall 2020 Profs. Sinha Roy and Waggett co-facilitated a pre-conference workshop on 07 October 2020 at the virtual AAC&U Global Learning Conference. The workshop was on "Creating Global Citizens and Employees" and shared how we are incorporating the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals into the curriculum and experiential learning opportunities of the Global Citizen Scholars' program on "Empowering Women Worldwide" (2020-2023) at Allegheny College.