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Ran Duan

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Ran Duan is an assistant professor at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research interests span the areas of environmental, science and visual communication. Her current work particularly focuses on the use of animation in environmental news, visual communication of natural disasters, risk perception and the implications of these areas for public policy and journalism practice.

Duan has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Climatic Change, Public Understanding of Science, Journalism, Environmental Communication, Environment and Behavior. Her research has been supported by national and local funding agencies such as the National Geographic Society, Michigan State University’s Environmental Science and Policy Program and the Reynolds School's Center for Advanced Media Studies.

She holds a Ph.D. in media & information, a doctoral specialization in environmental science and policy and a master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. Her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication is from Shandong University, China. Before beginning her academic career, she was a reporter for China Central Television (News Channel) where she covered transportation and environmental issues. In 2011, she worked as a volunteer to give lectures and workshops on environmental protection in elementary schools in Accra, Ghana.


  • Ph.D. in Media Information, Michigan State University
  • Doctoral Specialization in Environmental Science and Policy, Michigan State University
  • M.A. in Journalism, Michigan State University
  • Bachelor's in Journalism, Shandong University