Dr. Yan Ma is a full Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, at the Harrington School of Communication and Media, University of Rhode Island. Dr. Ma received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Ma is the past President of the 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 also the founding Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Rhode Island, which was started during the leadership of former URI Vice Provost Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, currently the President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Ma has numerous 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 has been 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.