Dr. Yan Ma is a Full Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies and Film/Media Program, University of Rhode Island. Dr. Ma received her Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught “Chinese Hollywood—Through the Lens of Visual literacy” in the spring of 2013. It was truly well received by students for the course content and her teaching style.
Dr. Ma is the past President of International Visual literacy Association, 2003-2004 and is one of the distinguished leading scholars in visual literacy, critical, cultural and 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 leading to her pioneering course and research on “Chinese Hollywood”. She is the founding Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Rhode Island under the leadership of former URI Vice Provost of Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, now the President of Mount Holyoke College. Dr. Ma has 35 publications in book, chapter, and journal article formats published in such journals 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 has served on 7 peer-reviewed journal editorial boards. She is the pioneer in developing courses and research in Visual Information Science, Chinese Information Services, and Chinese Hollywood.