East-West Center Oral History Project: Meheroo Jussawalla

Meheroo Jussawalla

Meheroo Jussawalla, staff fellow from 1978-1993, became the Center's expert in the economics of telecommunications.  Born in Secunderabad, Hyderabad, India, she received her Ph.D. in economics at Osmania University.  She emigrated to the U.S. in 1975 during the state of emergency declared by President Indira Gandhi.  In 2006 she received the Technology Industry Award from the State of Hawaii, and the Mayor's Award of Recognition from the City and County of Honolulu for her work in support of technology industries in Hawaii.  She serves on the editorial boards of two London-based journals, the Information Economics and Policy Journal and Telecommunications Policy. She is also a member of the board of directors or trustees of numerous organizations, including the International Institute of Communication, and the Honolulu-based Pacific Telecommunications Council. Jussawalla is currently an EWC Emeritus Fellow.


Read Jussawalla's interview narrative (pdf)


  • Personal Background
  • Life Before EWC - Entering Academia - Prime Minister Nehru - Year in U.S., 1957 - Teaching at Hood College, 1969 - Leaving India, 1975 - Saint Mary’s College, Virginia
  • Life at EWC - Communication Institute, late 1970s - Best Memories, late 1970s
    - International Advisory Board, 1980s - The 1980s  
  • Partnerships and Networks - Communication Project with University of Queensland, 1980s - Information Technology Conferences, 1980s - Tu-Wei Ming
  • EWC’s Impact - On Perspectives, Career -  EWC Impact in India - The Mission - Looking Forward    


Interview Quote
"The best memory was when I came, and Jack Lyle said, “You are not just here for economic development, but you have to relate economics with communication -- and show how communication will help economic development.”


These narratives, which reflect interviewees’ personal perceptions, opinions and memories, may contain errors of fact. They do not reflect positions or versions of history officially approved by the East-West Center.