Faculty members

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Dr. Wenrui Chen is an assistant professor and Programme Director of International Journalism at UIC. She holds a PhD in media and communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), an MA in Comparative Literature and a BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. Before joining UIC, she had taught media studies and communication at UIUC and journalism courses at Macau University of Science & Technology. Her research interests include journalism history, press theories, media development in post-Mao China (especially in the Pearl River Delta), and journalism culture.

Office: T2-501-R1

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Dr. Edgar Yuen is an Associate Professor in International Journalism. He holds a PhD from Peking University, P.R. China and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) from Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Yuen has vast industry experience in writing and editing news for Hong Kong newspapers. He continues to write columns for Hong Kong newspapers and magazines and actively contributes to the College’s corporate communications. Dr. Yuen’s areas of interest are news writing and reporting, commentary writing, and media ethics.


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Dr. Jesse Owen Hearns-Branaman is Assistant Professor at UIC. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, an MA in International Communication Studies from the University of Nottingham, and a BA in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University. He has taught communication, media, and journalism studies at the University of Sheffield, University of Leeds, and Leeds Beckett University in the UK, Zhejiang Wanli University and the University of Nottingham in China, and the National Institute of Development Administration in Thailand. His research interests include post-structuralism, ideology, critical linguistics, political economy of news, comparative journalism, and epistemological theory. He has published two books, Journalism and the Philosophy of Truth: Beyond Objectivity and Balance (Routledge: 2016), and The Political Economy of News in China: Manufacturing Harmony (Lexington: 2015).

Office: T2-502-R3

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 Dr. Vincent Lam is a Senior Lecturer in International Journalism. He holds a MA from the University of Leeds and a BA from University of London, United Kingdom. Lam has worked in various positions in China Daily, Hong Kong Standard, Phoenix TV and Financial Times Group. He was also a contributing reporter for Hong Kong Certified and Public Accountant and corporate fraud investigator in Kroll. His expertise is in financial news reporting, TV production, corporate fraud investigation and M&A analysis.

Office: T2-501-R4

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Dr. Fee-Alexandra Haase is an Associate Professor in International Journalism at UIC. She holds both a PhD degree from the University of Tübingen and a Masters degree from the University of Tübingen in Germany. Dr. Haase has worked as media professional, editor, and translator and taught at international universities journalism, media, and communications as well as related fields of the humanities in communications, linguistics, and cultural studies in South Korea, the USA, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Oman. Dr. Haase’s areas of interest is journalism and its historical relation to and tradition within the areas of rhetoric and communication as well as cultural and comparative studies.

Office: T2-502-R2

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Teaching Assistants


Louisa Ye earned her B.A. and M.A. from University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom. Her main interests include photography, scriptwriting and radio programme. 

Office: T2-502-R27-H6



Yu Rong received her M.A. in English Studies from the University of Sydney. Her main interests include critical reading, editing, and cross-cultural comparison.

Office: T2-502-R27-H1