Communication Faculty

Lena M. Chao

Lena M. Chao is a professor of Communication Studies at California State University (CSULA), Los Angeles.  She received her B.A. in English literature from the University of California at Los Angeles, and her M.S. in print journalism and Ph.D. in communication arts and sciences from the University of Southern California.  Prior to joining the faculty at CSULA, she served as the Media Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.  She was also the Public Service Coordinator at KFWB Newsradio, and has worked on the administrative staff of the Media Institute for Minorities at the University of Southern California, and in production at Radio Espanol during the 1984 summer Olympics, and Dailey & Associates advertising agency in Los Angeles.  Her areas of scholarly specialization include public relations, mass communication, and interpersonal, gender, and intercultural communication.  She is co-author of the award-winning textbook, Racism and Sexism in the Media: The Rise of Class Communication in Multicultural America (Sage Publications), and a forthcoming follow-up reader with her co-authors entitled One Freedom/Many Voices (Sage Publications).  Her academic work has also been published in journals such as California Politics and Policy and Feedback, among others.  She is currently the Director of the Asian and Asian American Institute at CSULA, and was on the founding board of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA), an advocacy group that monitors the communication media in the United States for fair, balanced, and accurate portrayals of Asian Pacific Americans.  Her public service activities include membership on the executive boards of The Coalition of Brothers and Sisters Unlimited and the Estelle Van Meter Multipurpose Center, both serving disenfranchised communities in south central Los Angeles.