- Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Majia Nadesan is a professor of communication in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in communication studies in 1993 from Purdue University after earning her B.S. and M.S. in the same subject from San Diego State University. Prior to joining the faculty at ASU's College of Human Services in 1994, Dr. Nadesan was an assistant professor at Syracuse University.
Dr. Nadesan’s interdisciplinary research examines the ethical implications of societal governing logics and risk-management strategies. She examined how expert understandings of autism shape how people diagnosed with the disorder are understood and treated in her book Constructing Autism (Routledge, 2005). In Governmentality, Biopower and Everyday Life (2008, 2011, Routledge) she looked at how global economic logics and technological assemblages shape everyday life practices and opportunities for US citizens. In Governing Childhood she examined how these same economic logics and technological infrastructures impact children’s daily lives, creating vastly unequal childhoods (Palgrave, 2010). More recently, she has looked at how politics and scientific uncertainty complicate risk assessment in Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk (Palgrave, 2013) and Crisis Communication, Liberal Democracy and Ecological Sustainability: The Threat of Financial and Energy Complexes in the Twenty-First Century (Lexington, 2016).
At ASU's West campus, Dr. Nadesan teaches courses that look at economic and corporate communication, propaganda and social advocacy, and interpretive and critical methods.
- PhD, Critical Approaches to Communication and Organizational Communication, Purdue University, 1993
- MS, Communication Theory (Rhetorical and Political concentrations), San Diego State University, 1989
- BS, Communication Theory (Political Science minor), San Diego State University, 1987
Nadesan, M. 2016. Crisis Communication, Liberal Democracy, and Ecological Sustainability: The Threat of Financial and Energy Complexes in the Twenty-First Century. Lexington Books. Lanham, MD. ISBN: 978-0739194959.
Nadesan, M., A. Boys, A. McKillop and R. Wlcox eds. 2014. Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization?. The Dispossesion Publishing Group. ISBN: 978-1-312-50456-1.
Nadesan, M. 2013. Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-1-137-34312-3.
Nadesan, M. H. 2011. Governmentality, Biopower, and Everyday Life. Routledge. ISBN: 978-0415897969.
Nadesan, M. H. 2010. Governing Childhood into the 21st Century: Biopolitical Technologies of Childhood Management and Education. Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN: 978-0230613218.
Nadesan, M. H. 2008. Governmentality, Biopower, and Everyday Life. Routledge. ISBN: 978-0415958547.
Nadesan, M. H. 2005. Constructing Autism: Unravelling the “Truth” and Understanding the Social. Routledge. ISBN: 978-0415321815.
Nadesan, M. H. and G. Cheney. 2017. Workplace democracy. In: Scott, C. R. and L. Lewis eds., The International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 9781118955567.
Nadesan, M. and M. Pasqualetti. 2016. Dispossession, justice, and a sustainable energy future. Pp. 585-619 In: Van de Graaf, T., B. K. Sovacool, A. Ghosh, F. Kern and M. T. Klare eds., The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy. Palgrave Macmillan UK. ISBN: 978-1-137-55630-1.
Nadesan, M. H. 2014. Biopower. In: Teo, T. ed., Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Springer. ISBN: 978-1-4614-5584-4.
Nadesan, M. 2014. From Hiroshim a to Fukushima. Pp. 2-23 In: Nadesan, M., A. Boys, A. McKillop and R. Wilcox eds., ukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization. The Dispossesion Publishing Group.