Not only does the "Wars & Waterways" EL offer a unique South-east Asian perspective on the changing global politics that impact us all, but it also combines humanities and scientific perspectives in addressing how vital potable water is with regards to development, sustainability, global health, and human rights.

Media & Cultural Studies
Office: Vukovich 310;


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More details on Prof. Sinha Roy's website

Communication Arts Professor Dr. Ishita Sinha Roy has taught Media & Cultural Studies at Allegheny College since 2001. Dr. Sinha Roy received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School of Communication. at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where she also taught before moving to Pennsylvania.


While working towards her first Master's degree (English Literature) in India, Ishita worked in the advertising industry and co-supervised the account for the first-ever national Energy Conservation campaign in the country.

Dr. Sinha Roy's research in media and cultural studies focuses on nation-branding and the political economy of global diversity and identity politics. Her timely book on nation-branding -- Manufacturing Indianness --  was recently published by Peter Lang (2019).  Ishita has led and co-facilitated several Allegheny College Experiential Learning study tours (ELs) to South Africa, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Japan, and various parts of India.

In 2000, Dr. Sinha Roy was awarded the student-nominated teaching award at the Annenberg School of Communication (USC), and in 2008, she received the Thoburn Award for Excellence in Teaching at Allegheny College. 

Dr. Sinha Roy has served as the Co-Principle Investigator on an Andrew W. Mellon Grant for Internationalizing the Campus, and as the Faculty Study Away liaison on this campus.  She designed, and for several years taught the mandatory intercultural communication course (EXL300) that is taken by all study abroad students in an Allegheny-sponsored program. She was also the Provost's Liaison for the "Sustained Dialogues" employee initiative at Allegheny College. Currently, she is co-chairing the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women Employees and Employees of Color at the college.

Associate Professor,
Coordinator, Jewish Studies Minor & the Honors Program
Office: Steffee Hall B.313

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Associate Professor in Biology/Neuroscience, Dr. Lauren French has been teaching at Allegheny College since 2001. She has a B.A. from Oberlin College and her Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her research in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience addresses what makes individual neurons unique from one another, how they “talk” to each other to transmit information in the nervous system, and how drugs and toxins affect their function.


One of Dr. French's ongoing research projects involves studying the trafficking of a type of ion channel called the BK channel and its possible role in Alzheimer’s disease. Another line of research involves the crayfish as a model organism to study adult neurogenesis.

As the coordinator of the Jewish Studies Minor, Dr. French has also been deeply invested in diversifying the curriculum and raising awareness about religious tolerance. She was recently appointed as the coordinator for the Honors Program at the College.

Lauren has traveled extensively across various countries in Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, Burma and Tanzania. In addition, Lauren has co-led an EL Seminar to the Turks & Caikos islands, and participated in a faculty excursion to Israel.


EL seminar Costs cover tuition, travel insurance, all travel and excursion expenses, lodging and most meals

Tentative New EL Travel Dates: