Prashanth Bhat

PhD student
Prashanth Bhat is a PhD student at Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland-College Park, where he researches online hate speech, right-wing politics and media, and online political expressions. Bhat began his career as a junior reporter at TV9, a local television station in India, before going on to work for Deccan Chronicle, South India’s largest circulated English daily. He has freelanced for The Times of India and has worked for leading international media organizations, including China Central Television-America and National Geographic Channel. He also served as as a short-term consultant with the World Bank Group and was a research intern at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he studied discursive strategies of white nationalists on Twitter. Bhat holds a BA in Communication and Journalism from Osmania University in India and an MA from American University in Washington, DC.

Breitbart News and the Return of Partisan Journalism

Mar 09, 2017

The popularity of Breitbart among conservative voters is an outcome of a long-term right-wing campaign against the progressive media. The 2016 presidential campaign was arguably the most divisive and polarized in modern American history. The election of a demagogue like Donald Trump to the White House not only exposed deep-rooted...

Populism’s Global Media Strategy

Jan 19, 2017

The relationship between the mainstream media and populism is more symbiotic than you think. Brexit in the United Kingdom and Donald Trump’s victory in the United States have marked the beginning of what some analysts call the rise of the global populist wave. Although there is no consensus among scholars on...