Krishnan Vasudevan is Merrill College's newest (Fall, 2017) assistant professor. . His research interests include civic engagement, digital media, participatory cultures, and design.

Assistant Professor in Visual Communication

College/University: B.A. College of William and Mary/ M.A. New York University/ Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Krishnan Vasudevan is a scholar and filmmaker whose work examines the intersections of racial and social inequality, digital media and creative economies.

Krishnan has published research in the Journal for Computer-Mediated Communication and Digital Journalism. As the creative lead of the visual storytelling project Doing Innovation, Krishnan co-published several scholarly short films that examined Austin’s creative economy.

Prior to pursuing an academic career, Krishnan was a multimedia journalist who published extensively with the New York Times and Slate. He also has published work for ProPublica, Pando and NBC. Krishnan is a 2015 recipient of an Austin Film Society grant and was nominated for a 2010 News and Documentary Emmy award as part of a team of New York Times journalists.


Q and A with Krishnan Vasudevan

Is digital storytelling the future for journalism? Why is it so important for our students to learn this skill?

In today’s media environment, citizens are bombarded with digital content throughout their daily lives. I’m looking forward to collaboratively develop students’ critical thinking and design skills in confluence with their technical chops so they can produce visual media that meaningfully engages and informs citizens.

Why Merrill College? 

As a visual scholar and filmmaker I wanted to be at an institution that truly supported interdisciplinary research. From the moment I stepped into Knight Hall, I felt so welcomed by the Merrill College faculty and knew it was the right home for my work.