Elja Roy


Dr. Elja Roy


Dr. Roy's research brings production-based case studies to explore the intersection of communication theory and practice. She has conducted field research in the Pacific Northwest, Minnesota, Illinois, India, and Bangladesh. Her research and productions examine social movements involving multicultural and multiracial ethnic groups and minorities through community-based co-productions. Currently, Roy is working on the production of a short biographical documentary film. She also taught Video Production at the University of Minnesota and Critical Media Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.


University of Minnesota, Department of Communication Studies, PhD. 2021 
University of Calcutta, India, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, MA 2013
Serampore College, India, Department of Communicative English, BA 2011

Publications (selected):

  • Roy, Elja., (In-Print), “Musical Mangrove: Community-Based Media Making in the Sundarbans” – for edited volume River Delta Futures: Endangered Communities in Audiovisual Media., Bloomsbury Academic.

  • Dirksen, Rebecca., Pedelty, Mark., *Roy, Elja., Pang, Yan., (2023), “Deeply Engaged, Digitally Mediated: Field to Media as an Empirical Methodology” 

  • Pedelty, Mark; Roy, Elja. (2022). “Film as Fieldwork.” In Jon Nussbaum (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

  • Dirksen, Rebecca., Hatfield, Tara., Pang, Yan., *Roy, Elja., (2019), “Field to Media: Applied Ecomusicology in the Anthropocene”, Journal of Popular Music. 


Productions (selected):

  • Roy, Elja (2023) - Ochin Pakhi (documentary feature) - Director, Producer, Editor, Audio Recording, Videographer. 

  • Roy, Elja., (2021) – "Jagote Anandajoggye"  (music video) Director, Producer, Editor, Videographer, in collaboration with Chicago Folklore Ensemble

  • Roy, Elja. (2021) – Together Alone: Aamay Bhashaili Rey (music video) – Producer

  • Roy, Elja. (2020) – Musical Mangrove (documentary short) – Director, Producer, Editor, Audio Recording, Videographer.