Professor & Director of Graduate Studies,
Dept. of Telecommunications.
Radio-TV Center, Room 325
hsawhney 'at' indiana.edu
Editor-in-Chief, The Information Society
I like to work on the intersections of the profound
and the pragmatic where complex reality disrupts the tidy
logic of established thought and forces new ways of thinking.
I was drawn towards Telecommunications because it offers
many such points of intersection.
Over the last couple of years I have been dwelling on issues related to universal access. They are interesting because they evoke ideals of democracy and equality which have to be reconciled with the realities of the situation on the ground. I have also been studying the interaction between values and the network development process. I am particularly interested in how metaphors shape our thinking about networks. Lately, I have been pondering about problems of coordination and control in a modern society. While interests shift in terms of topics, I tend to stay with issues which involve uncertainties of the future, our collective imagination which provides impetus for action in the face of these uncertainties, and the cultural values which color our imaginations.
In my spare time, I try and stay away from both the profound and the pragmatic -- a difficult feat. I find moments of such liberation while playing tennis, exercising in the gym, or just simply going on long walks.
- Constance F. and Arnold C. Pohs Visiting Associate Professor of Telecommunications, Dept. of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Winter (Spring) 2004
- Visiting Scholar, Department of Information Systems, London School of Economics, Michaelmas (Fall) 2005
- Visiting Scholar, Stanhope Center for Communications Policy Research, London, Fall 2005
- Marketing Executive, Escorts Group, New Delhi,1984-85
- Advertisting Executive, J. Walter Thompson, Bombay, 1985-86
- B.S., Electrical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, India, 1982
- M.B.A., Marketing, XLRI, Jamshedpur, India, 1984
- M.A., Communication, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1987
- Ph.D., Communication, University of Texas at Austin, 1991
Teaching and Research Interests:
- Teaching interests: Telecommunications technology and policy, international telecommunications, and management of creativity.
- Research interests: Telecommunications infrastructure planning and policy, evolution of telecommunications networks, universal service, and the use of metaphors in the design of new technological systems.
- Herold, D. K., Sawhney, H., & Fortunati, L. (Eds.) (2012). Understanding creative uses of ICTs: Users as social actors. London: Routledge.
- Sawhney, H. (2012). Beyond the path of least resistance: The system quest. Info, 14(1), 20-35.
- Sawhney, H. (2010). The cable fables: The innovative imperative of excess capacity. In R. Neuman (Ed.), Media, technology, and society: Theories of media evolution (p. 123-140). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
- Sawhney, H. and Wang, X. (2009). Reverse salients at the meta-system level: The case of containerization. Prometheus, 27(2), 153-169.
- Suri, V. R. & Sawhney, H. (2008). The Internet and its wireless extensions in Japan: The portentous interface between chaos and order. Info, 10(3), 10-21.
- Sawhney, H. & Jayakar, K. (2007). Universal Access.
Annual Review of
Information Science and Technology 41, 159-221.
- Jayakar, K. and Sawhney, H. (2007) Universal access
in the information
economy: Tracking innovations abroad. Washington, DC: Benton
- Sawhney, H. & Wang, X. (2006). Battle of systems:
erstwhile gas-electricity and telegraph-telephone battles.
- Sawhney, H. & Lee, S. (2005). Arenas of innovation:
configurational potentialities of communication technologies. Media,
Culture & Society, 27(3), 391-414.
- Sawhney, H. (2003). Wi-Fi networks and the rerun of the cycle. Info, 5(6), 25-33.
- Guest Editor, The Information Society, Special Issue on Universal Service (Summer 2000).
- Sawhney, H., & Barnett, G. (Eds.). (1999). Progress in communication sciences, Vol. XV: Advances in telecommunications. Stamford, CT: Ablex.
- Sawhney, H. (1996). Information superhighway: Metaphors as midwives. Media, Culture & Society,18(2), 291-314.
- Sawhney, H. (1994). Universal service: Prosaic motives and great ideals. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 38 (4), 375-395.