Dr. Arvind Singhal


Arvind Singhal Headshot 2018Dr. Arvind Singhal, a renowned communication and social change scholar, serves as the William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Singhal, the Samuel S. and Edna H. Marston Endowed Professor of Communication and Director of the Social Justice Initiative at The University of Texas at El Paso, facilitates an elective seminar Dynamics of Social Change, dealing with the elements of social change in a democratic society.

Singhal is internationally known for his work on the diffusion of innovations, the positive deviance approach, organizing for social change, the entertainment-education strategy, and liberating interactional structures. His outreach spans public health, education, human rights, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, civic participation, democracy and governance, and corporate citizenship.

He is co-author or editor of 13 books, including “Inspiring Change and Saving Lives: The Positive Deviance Way” (2014); “Health Communication in the 21st Century” (2014); “Inviting Everyone: Healing Healthcare through Positive Deviance” (2010); “Protecting Children from Exploitation and Trafficking: Using the Positive Deviance Approach” (2009); “Communication of Innovations”  (2006); “Organizing for Social Change” (2006); “Entertainment-Education Worldwide: History, Research, and Practice” (2004); “Combating AIDS: Communication Strategies in Action” (2003); “The Children of Africa Confront AIDS: From Vulnerability to Possibility” (2003); “India’s Communication Revolution” (2001); “Entertainment-Education: A Communication Strategy for Social Change” (1999); and “India’s Information Revolution” (1989).

Three of Singhal’s books won awards for distinguished applied scholarship. In addition, he has authored some 200 peer-reviewed essays in outlets such as the Journal of Communication, Communication Theory, Communication Monographs, Health Communication, Management Communication Quarterly; Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Health Communication.

Singhal won Top Paper Awards from the American Public Health Association (APHA), International Communication Association (ICA), and National Communication Association (NCA) over a dozen times. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, The National Science Foundation, The Dutch Health Research Council, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. He has served as an advisor to the World Bank, UN-FAO, UNICEF, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNFPA, U.S. Department of State; U.S. A.I.D., Family Health International, PATH, Save the Children, the BBC World Service Trust, International Rice Research Institute, and private corporations such as Procter & Gamble (U.S.A and Thailand), Telenor AS (Norway), SpareBank (Norway), and others.

Singhal has traveled and lectured in over 90 countries of Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, South and North America.