Associate Dean and Professor Sonora Jha, PhD., has been selected for Hugo House’s 2017 Barry Lopez Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded each year to a writer based in Washington or Oregon with a strong interest in issues of justice and equity and whose work resonates in spirit with that of Barry Lopez. She is currently a prose writer-in-residence with Hugo House.
“It’s not only an honor to be awarded a fellowship with Barry Lopez’s name heralding it but a clear signal that creative work that engages issues of social justice is important in the world,” says Dr. Jha. “I feel both rewarded and entrusted with some responsibility. Of course, I also can’t wait to get to that beautiful landscape at Playa Summer Lake.”
From the Hugo House website, “The fellowship honors the work of Barry Lopez, known for its humanitarian and environmental focus. Lopez is the author of award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction including the National Book Award-winning Arctic Dreams; Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, which he co-edited with his wife, the writer Debra Gwartney; and Outside.”
Sonora Jha, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Communication Department at Seattle University. She was formerly a journalist in India and Singapore and among her appointments were that of Chief of Bureau and Special Correspondent for The Times of India, the subcontinent's largest English-language daily. She has a Ph.D. in Political Communication and her academic research on the press, politics and the Internet has been published in leading academic journals such as "Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly," "Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism," and the "Electronic Journal of Communication," among others. Professor Jha teaches courses in journalism and mass communication at Seattle University, advises the campus newspaper, "The Spectator," and directs a study abroad, leading students to study journalism and mass media in India. Her first novel, Foreign, is based on her journalistic and academic work into the farmers' suicide crisis in India. She has completed her second novel and is finishing work on a memoir.