Iccha Basnyat

Faculty Associate from School of Communication Studies, Assistant Professor

Dr. Iccha Basnyat



Building: Harrison Hall
MSC: MSC 2106

Department: Online Learning

About me

I am a faculty member in the School of Communication Studies. I joined JMU in 2018 after a decade as faculty member at the National University of Singapore. My research focuses on the intersections of culture, gender and health inequalities. I am interested in the health experiences of marginalized and vulnerable women in transnational contexts. I have published over two dozen peer-reviewed publications in leading journals in my field. I am currently on the editorial boards of Health CommunicationJournal of Women & Aging and Journal of Applied Communication Research. I am also an associate editor on the upcoming International Encyclopedia of Health Communication and for the journal Frontiers in Communication: Health Communication. I currently serve on the National Communication Association’s Research Council. 

I bring over a decade of experience in conducting research to the Online Learning team and collaborate on research projects related to learning and technologies. Being at JMU, my family and I have really enjoyed the natural beauty around us and have really gotten into hiking and camping.  

Education, Training, and Certification
Ph.D., Health Communication, Purdue University
MPH., Community Health Education & Promotion, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
B.A., Mass Communication (Minor in Sociology), University of Utah 

About Online Learning

We provide leadership and expertise in the development and implementation of quality online, hybrid, and distance learning at JMU. With a focus on access, accessibility, equity, and inclusion, we coordinate services, support, and systemic conceptualization for online and hybrid learning. Our collaboration and research efforts extend pedagogical effectiveness and learning flexibility in support of engaging, student-centered online and hybrid learning experiences.