Dr. Jesse Owen Hearns-Branaman is an Associate Professor and the Acting Programme Director of Media and Communication Studies 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).