Chiaoning Su is an associate professor in communication, journalism, and public relations at Oakland University. She also serves as the director of the Barry M. Klein Center for Culture and Globalization.
Her research focuses on two distinct yet interconnected research lines: journalism of crisis and journalism in crisis. While the first line examines the representation and production of crisis news, the second focuses on journalism in public life during an era of waning democracy. Her work has been published in Media, Culture and Society, International Journal of Communication, Asian Journal of Communication, Taiwan Journal of Democracy, and Communication Review.
Prior to her academic career, she worked as a communication specialist at Ogilvy Public Relations and for several political campaigns in Taiwan. Through these professional experiences she developed expertise in strategic messaging and crisis management. Beyond OU, she served as the President of the Association for Chinese Communication Studies (2018-2020). Currently, she is the non-resident fellow of the Taiwan NextGen Foundation and a fellow of the 2023-25 U.S.-Taiwan Next Generation Working Group.
She received her BA in sociology from National Taiwan University, her MA in organizational communication from Emerson College, and her PhD in media and communication from Temple University.