Dr John Chua

Associate Professor

Dr John Chua

Dr John Chua


John Chua has written, produced and/or directed documentaries for PBS and the BBC. In 2007, while a Senior Fulbright Scholar teaching at Moscow State University’s School of Journalism, he witnessed how citizen journalists and activists were transforming political debates in Russia. Subsequently he trained and worked with citizen journalists in the Middle East and Asia and produced for The Guardian.

He has co-written two Russian feature-length 3D animated films, Space Dogs (2010) and Space Dogs 2: Moon Adventures (2014). The former was screened in 140 countries and at the International Space Station. It was dubbed into 40 languages and won a ‘Golden Eagle’ award for best animation from the National Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences of Russia.

Faculty Research

“Iraq Country Report.” _Global Information Society Watch 2013; the Women’s rights, gender and ICTs_. Ed. Alan Finlay. South Africa: APC and Hivos, 2013.

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I teach on:
Film Studies and Communications

Some of the courses I teach:
COM 4100 – Intro to Intercultural Communications
COM 4200 – Introduction to Visual Culture
FLM 4200 – Introduction to Film Studies
COM 5120 – Adaptations: Lit And Cinema
COM 5205 – Cultural Theory

Research Clusters:
International Visual Arts Cultures
The Centre for the Study of Persuasive Industries
The Study of the State, Power and Globalisation

Research Interest & Expertise:
Research interests include citizen journalism, international cinema, documentaries, animation, gender and human rights.