John Nguyet Erni Author of Evaluating Organization Development

John Nguyet Erni

Fung Hon Chu Endowed Chair of Humanics
Hong Kong Baptist University

Academic training in Cultural Studies, Communication Theory and Qualitative Research, Media Studies, and International Human Rights Law. Currently Fung Hon Chu Endowed Chair Professor of Humanics, Chair Professor in Humanities, and Head of Department of Humanities & Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University. Recipient of Fellowships from Gustafson, Rockefeller, Annenberg, Lincoln, and William Lim Siew Wai in 1997, 1999, 2008, and 2018 respectively.


John Nguyet Erni (PhD – Illinois; MA – Oregon; LL.M. – HKU; BA – Whitworth) is Fung Hon Chu Endowed Chair of Humanics, Chair Professor in Humanities, and Head of the Department of Humanities & Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University.  Previously, he taught at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Wisconsin in the U.S., and City University of Hong Kong and Lingnan University in Hong Kong.  In 2014, he was elected as Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities.  In 2017, he was elected as the Academy’s President.  A former recipient of the Rockefeller Humanities Research Fellowship, he worked at Columbia University’s School of Public Health in the Program on Gender, Sexuality, Health, and Human Rights.  He was also Visiting Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication (2008); Inaugural Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the University of Lincoln (2018); and William Lim Siu Wai Visiting Professorial Fellow in Cultural Studies in Asia at National University of Singapore (2018).  In 2015, he became a Founding Member of the Global University for Sustainability ( and in 2013 – 2016, he was appointed Country Director for Hong Kong in Asian Congress for Media and Communication (Based in the Philippines). In 2001 – 2005, he was elected to the Executive Board of the International Communication Association (ICA; based in Washington DC, USA). Recently, he has been elected Board Member-at-large for ICA, for which he will begin his term in May 2019.  Erni has published widely on international and Asia-based cultural studies, human rights legal criticism, Chinese consumption of transnational culture, gender and sexuality in media culture, youth popular consumption in Hong Kong and Asia, and critical public health.  He is the author or editor of 9 academic titles, including Law and Cultural Studies: A Critical Rearticulation of Human Rights (Routledge, 2019); Visuality, Emotions, and Minority Culture: Feeling Ethnic (Springer, 2017); (In)visible Colors: Images of Non-Chinese in Hong Kong Cinema – A Filmography, 1970s – 2010s (with Louis Ho, Cinezin Press, 2016); Understanding South Asian Minorities in Hong Kong (with Lisa Leung, HKUP, 2014); Cultural Studies of Rights: Critical Articulations (Routledge, 2011); Internationalizing Cultural Studies: An Anthology (with Ackbar Abbas, Blackwell, 2005); Asian Media Studies: The Politics of Subjectivities (with Siew Keng Chua, Blackwell, 2005); and Unstable Frontiers: Technomedicine and the Cultural Politics of “Curing” AIDS (Minnesota, 1994).  

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Research focus on international and Asia-based media and cultural studies; human rights philosophy and politics; gender and sexuality studies related to media and visual culture; youth popular culture studies in transnational contexts; cultural politics of race/ethnicity; critical public health studies.


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Recipient of 2019 President's Award

By: John Nguyet Erni

John Nguyet Erni has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 President's Award for Outstanding Performance in Rsearch Supervision at Hong Kong Baptist University. 

New book just published: Law and Cultural Studies: A Critical Rearticulation of Human Rights

By: John Nguyet Erni
Subjects: Gender & Intersectionality Studies, Law, Media and Cultural Studies, Media, Journalism and Communications, Research Methods

Erni, John Nguyet, Law and Cultural Studies: A Critical Rearticulation of Human Rights (Routledge, 2019).
ISBN: 9781472414861
232 pages

“This book considers the ways in which cultural humanism and the critical approach to rights, and more broadly between culture and law, can be brought together to open a new intellectual space to allow cultural studies to better engage with the current challenges presented by social and political struggles worldwide...LAW AND CULTURAL STUDIES develops a means by which the practice of cultural studies can be reinvigorated around the legal spaces, institutions, and movements tied to human rights struggles. As such, it will appeal to scholars of cultural and media studies, critical legal studies, political theory, postcolonial studies, and human rights.”