Ann Auman, Faculty, School of Communications, UH Mānoa

Ann Auman

Office: Crawford 314
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-3786


I have been at UHM for 25 years and teach media ethics, news literacy, editing, journalism, and cultural identity. I have lived in Hawaiʻi for 30 years, and previously in Canada, China, and Switzerland. My interests in Chinese media and culture led me to organize the Sino-US Media Forum held jointly with Peking University's School of Journalism and Communication since 2013. I am director of the Carol Burnett Fund for Responsible Journalism and secretary of the East-West Center Association. I was a journalist with The Toronto Star, two other newspapers, Global Television Network, and worked in public relations. I have 10 years of hands-on experience.


  • PhD, Political Science, UH Mānoa, 2004
  • MBA, University of Toronto, 1987
  • MA, Asian Studies, UH Mānoa, 1982
  • BA, Chinese Studies, University of Toronto, 1978


My current research interests focus on media ethics in a cultural context, particularly on Hawaiian values and journalism. I also study fake news in the US and in China, and US-China relations and media. I have done research on journalism education, on cultural and local identity in journalism, and media framing. I encourage students to get involved with the annual Sino-US Media Forum, which we held in 2017 at the East-West Center and in 2018 at Peking University. We bring scholars and professional journalists together to discuss issues related to Sino-US relations and media. Students interested in my Pacific Media Ethics project are also invited to collaborate.