Dr. Yan Ma is a Full Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies and Film/Media Program, University of Rhode Island. She received her Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is one of the distinguished leading scholars in visual literacy, critical and cultural, interdisciplinary research in technology and media. Her research and teaching have focused on visual literacy and globalization; visual information science; critical and cultural studies of visual literacy and new media; Chinese/Global Information Services; and Chinese film studies.
Dr. Ma is the founding Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Rhode Island and has 35 publications in book, chapter, and journal article formats published in journals such as Visual Literacy, Journal of American Society for Information Science, and others. Dr. Ma has presented, chaired, and was invited to present her research at over 80 local, national and international conferences. She is a pioneer in developing courses and research in Visual Information Science, Chinese Information Services, and Chinese Hollywood.