ProfileA native of Nepal, Dharma Adhikari obtained his bachelor’s in English and Philosophy and a master’s in English and American literature. 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. Until 2007, he served as an Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University.
During the 2010s, he was involved in non-profit media initiatives, dividing his time between journalism training and development, administratively-oriented research, and creative media writing. He has written for a wide range of press outlets, including the Kathmandu Post, Republica, Columbia Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, openDemocracy, and Global Journalist. He continues to write a regular column on the media for the Kathmandu Post newspaper.
Before he joined XJTLU, he was an associate professor (2017-2022) at Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication, Shantou University, Guangdong.
He is the author of A Compassionate Journalist (2010), a biographic study on the journalistic professionalism of Bharat Dutta Koirala, the winner of the 2002 Ramon Magsaysay Award for journalism and communication arts. He has co-authored four other books on communication topics. His research interests lie in news and editorial practices, and intersections of journalism, society and new media. He has presented a number of papers in international conferences and his works have appeared in academic and trade journals.