The Reynolds School of Journalism welcomes Dr. Ran Duan to the school’s faculty as a visiting assistant professor in environmental communication. Her research interests include environmental science and visual communication, as well as how these fields implicate journalism practice.
“I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with all the students, faculty and staff at the Reynolds School,” Duan says. “I am excited about contributing to the advancement of knowledge on emerging forms of visual journalism and visual science communication. I look forward to applying my research and experience to help students develop creativity, explore their journalism passions as well as pursue them.”
Prior to her academic career, Duan was a reporter for China Central Television and has also volunteered in elementary schools in Accra, Ghana, teaching students about environmental protection.
Associate dean Donica Mensing said Duan’s hire is a perfect complement to the new Hitchcock Center for Visualizing Science.
“She is a productive researcher and has already published a number of peer-reviewed articles related to science communication in the media. She is well-versed in experimental and survey methods and is developing a reputation for her work in environmental communication,” Mensing said.
Duan holds a Ph.D. in media and 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. She will be teaching visual communication here at the Reynolds School.