Office Location: GAB 102D
Nikhil Moro teaches journalism law, media convergence and news writing. He studies how and when laws of expressive freedom may apply to Internet communication and hence to digital democracy.
Doctor of Philosophy in communication law, The Ohio State University, 2006
Master of Arts in journalism and mass communication, University of Mysore, 1997
Before he embarked on an academic career, Moro practiced journalism for nearly ten years and on two continents. In India, he held editorial positions at Andolana, Mysore, and at The Times of India, Mumbai, and served as the founding editor of Coffeeland News, Madikeri. Later in the United States, Moro edited The Networker in Columbus, Ohio.
Moro co-edits Journal of Contemporary Thought, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that augments UNT's efforts to establish a university-wide research collaborative in South Asian Media, Culture & Arts. He has taught media law and policy, convergence and criticism at four universities in the United States.
Moro has been invited to speak on national panels and to evaluate doctoral dissertations. He has delivered expert lectures, reviewed book manuscripts, and judged scholarly and professional competitions. He has received many coveted awards, including UNT’s competitive RIG and JFSRF grants. He has conceptualized, and he directs, UNT's research initiative in South Asian Media, Culture & Arts.
In 2008-09, Moro chaired AEJMC’s Civic & Citizen Journalism Interest Group, after serving the two previous years as vice chair. He has been active in other scholarly forums too.
For recreation, Moro swims, blogs and reads Vedanta philosophy. He is a committed vegetarian and tries to be vegan when he can. He likes to explore cruelty-free restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. His favorite maxim is, “External nature is internal nature writ large” (Swami Vivekananda).
Honors and Awards:
"Top Contributor" award, Commissioners Summit, National Regulatory Research Institute, 2002
“Top Paper” award, Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, 2006
“Outstanding Service” award, Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, 2009
“Top-6 Paper” award, Southwestern Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication, 2010