Hai Tran joined the Journalism faculty in 2010. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in online news, multimedia storytelling, data journalism and international reporting.
His research centers on multimedia effects, online agenda setting, comparative media systems and research methodology. A recipient of several “top paper” awards, Hai publishes in Media Psychology, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Studies, Journalism, Electronic News, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Advertising Research, Sport Marketing Quarterly, International Journal of Communication, International Communication Research Journal, Agenda Setting in a 2.0 World, and Encyclopedia of Journalism.
Before entering academia, he was in the newsroom for almost a decade, working across platforms as a foreign correspondent, world news editor, sports commentator, TV producer, and guest television analyst. His reporting assignments included 9/11 and the 2000 election deadlock.
Hai was born in Vietnam, where he spent the first 28 years of his life imagining numerous likely and unlikely scenarios for a future path. Becoming a media scholar, however, is one thing that never crossed his mind.
PhD, Mass Communication (2010), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
MS, Journalism (2004), West Virginia University
BA, Journalism (1996) and Literature (1992), Hanoi University