John Chua

Educational Background

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and wrote my dissertation on the cross-cultural interpretations of horror films.  I also received two masters from UIUC, one in French cultural studies and another in business administration with a focus on marketing.


As a communication professor and practicing filmmaker, the films I wrote, produced, or directed were released by some of the world’s biggest media outlets, including BBC, Sony, and Universal. My films have won cinematic awards (including a Russian Academy Award) and the feature length cartoon I co-wrote is the subject of a critical study by Vlad Strukov in a chapter appearing in Routledge’s Russian Aviation, Space Flight and Visual Culture (2017).  Other films I wrote or directed were recently on Fox’s TubiTV, Viacom’s Pluto TV, and Starz premium TV network  in America.

Research interests

I have research interests in the study abroad market for Chinese students and in European cinema.

Selected Publications/scholarly and creative work

Chua, John. “The Future is Now: Russia and the movement to end killer robots” in Artificial Intelligence: human rights, social justice and development. Ed. Alan Finlay. South Africa: Association for Progressive Communications and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, 2019.


Chua, John. “Something Borrowed, Something New: Ye Ban Ge Sheng (Song at Midnight) and the Cross-Cultural Reinterpretations of Horror in Twentieth-Century China” in Asian Cinema. (Intellect Press) 16:2. 2005.


Chua, John. (Co-writer). (2016). Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon [Film].  Universal Studios.


Chua, John. (Co-writer). (2010). Space Dogs.[Film].  Sony Home Entertainment and Entertainment One.


COM 3590 Business and Professional Communication

COM 3530 Communicating Across Cultures

COM 2503 Mass Media

COM 2403 Digital Video Production

COM 1402 Communication as Critical Citizenship

ID 2415 Small Group Communication