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Dharmananda Adhikari

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A native of Nepal, Dharma Adhikari obtained his bachelor’s in English and Philosophy and a master’s in English and American literature in Kathmandu. He worked as a newspaper reporter, a magazine editor, and a columnist before he moved to the US for further studies, under a Fulbright scholarship. He received his MA (2000) and a PhD (2004) in journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism at Columbia.

Before coming to XJTLU, he served as associate professor at Shantou University (2017-2022), assistant professor at Georgia Southern University (2004-2007), and instructor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism at Columbia (2000-2004). In the 2010s, he contributed to non-profit media initiatives, dividing time between journalism training, policy research, and media writing.

He has written for various press outlets globally and continues to write a media criticism column for the Kathmandu Post newspaper. He is the author of "A Compassionate Journalist" (2010), chronicling the professional life of Bharat Dutta Koirala, a 2002 Ramon Magsaysay Award winner. He has co-authored four other books on communication topics. His research lies within news and editorial practices, exploring the intersections of journalism, society, and (new) media.

Research interests

News and editorial practices; intersections of journalism, society and new media


Associate Professor, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 2022-

Associate Professor, Shantou University, Guangdong, China, 2017-2022

Affiliate faculty, Pokhara University, Nepal, 2008-2016

Visiting faculty, Kathmandu University, Dept. of Languages and Mass Communication, Spring 2008

Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University, USA, 2004-2007

Teaching Instructor, University of Missouri at Columbia, 2002-2004


Supervised, co-supervised student projects, including undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD dissertations.

Taught, co-taught, introduced or helped develop courses, including:
XJTLU: COM262 News Reporting, COM157 Introduction to Journalism Studies, COM155 Rhetoric and Media Analysis

Shantou University: Intro to Journalism, News Reporting and Writing (grad), International Reporting, Multimedia Journalism, Global Media Systems, Media Literacy (grad.; introduced), Qualitative Research Methods (grad.)

Pokhara University: Journalism Studies, Opinion Journalism, Media Literacy and Criticism, Investigative Journalism, Visual Communication (also introduced, developed these grad courses)

Georgia Southern University: Intro to Journalism, News Reporting and Writing, International Media Systems, Online Journalism (introduced), Mass Media Theories

University of Missouri-Columbia: Intro to Journalism (undergrad course), Mass Media Seminar (graduate course)

Awards and honours

Best Syllabus in Journalism, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), GSU, 2007.

SAJA Outstanding Editorial/Op-ed/Commentary Award, South Asian Journalists Association, New York, 2006.

Fulbright Scholar, Missouri School of Journalism at Columbia, 1998- 2000.

International Journalism Exchange Fellow, jointly hosted by the International Center for Journalists (ICJ), American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) and Freedom Forum, Washington DC, Oct.-Nov. 1996.

First Place, Diploma in Journalism, Nepal Press Institute, Kathmandu, 1990.

Scholastic achievement award (firs class first in B.A., nationwide), Tribhuvan University, 1990.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Journalism, University of Missouri at Columbia, USA, 2004

MA, Journalism, University of Missouri at Columbia, USA, 2000

MA, English Literature (minor in American Literature), Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 1992

B.A. English & Philosophy, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 1987

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