Nan Yu, Ph.D.

Department of Communication, North Dakota State University

nan yu

Nan Yu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office: Minard 338 C6
Office: 701-231-7300
Fax: 701-237-7784


I joined the NDSU Department of Communication in Fall 2009, after receiving my Ph.D. from Penn State University. I earned my master's degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. I received my B.A. from Peking University in my hometown of Beijing, China.

Before I joined the NDSU faculty, I was a feature writer for China Daily covering a variety of topics including social, educational, political, and environmental changes in China. Additionally, I had working experience in two national TV networks, CNN (International Newsgathering, Atlanta) and China Central TV (Sports Channel, Beijing). One of my most exciting journalistic experiences was as part of the news editing crew with China Central TV during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2004, I was honored with a China News Award, the most prestigious journalistic award in China, for a story about disease-control staff investigation of the SARS virus chain.

My research centers on the social and cultural construction of health messages and how message characteristics and individual characteristics can affect the processing of health messages in different cultures. Another important part of my research examines the use of new technologies in promoting health education and intervention. My research has been published in Health Communication, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Visual Communication Quarterly, Electronic News, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, and International Public Health Journal. My research has been supported by national and regional funding agencies such as National Science Foundation, AEJMC Emerging Scholars Program, and Dakota Medical Foundation.

I will teach Health Communication I (COMM380), COMM790 (Graduate Method Seminar - Eye Tracking and Communicaton Research), and COMM750 (Theory: Media & Society) in the Fall of 2015.