Arielle Emmett

Arielle Emmett, Ph.D., is a writer, visual journalist and traveling scholar specializing in East Asia, science writing, and human interest.  She is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholar grant to study and teach in Kenya (2018-2019) and a 2015 Fulbright Specialist grant to teach visual media, journalism history and online journalism curriculum for the Universitas Padjadjaran, West Java, Indonesia.  She has been a contributing editor to Smithsonian Air & Space magazine covering the Chinese presence presence in aerospace, women in flight, and “green” aviation technologies.

In 2013 Emmett taught online graduate journalism as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Journalism & Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong.  After graduating with her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, she joined the faculty at Univ. of Colorado Denver in Beijing, teaching culture and communication at International College Beijing.

A Mandarin and French speaker, Emmett has been a professional journalist and teacher since beginning her career as a correspondent for Newsweek in the 1970s.  Her articles have appeared in dozens of magazines and journals, including,  Mother Jones, Washington Times, Caixin (Beijing), Boston Globe, Toronto Globe  & Mail, Detroit Free Press, Philadelphia Inquirer, Ms., OMNI, Parents., Saturday Review,  Computer World, Visual Communication Quarterly, and American Journalism Review, among many others.  Her first novel, The Logoharp, is being represented by the Asian Literary Agency (United Kingdom and Hong Kong).   Her blog on Asia and African affairs appears at

info Subjects


Arts & Culture
Health & Medicine
Nature & Environment


Aviation and Aerospace, China and Taiwan, engineering and medical technology, IT, health and fitness, investigative science reporting, nature and the environment.

notepad Skills

  • Annual reports
  • Advertorials
  • Blog posts
  • Books
  • Case studies
  • Communications strategy
  • Conference coverage
  • Curriculum
  • Editing
  • Essays
  • Feature writing
  • Grant writing
  • Investigative reporting
  • Op-Ed
  • Photography
  • Scripts
  • Technical writing
  • White papers
  • Speechwriting
  • Project management
  • Profiles
  • Podcasting
  • Conference/meeting coverage

notepad Writing Credits


star Awards, Honors, Appointments

ASJA Annual Writing Competition 2021 “Social Change” for articles in Smithsonian Air & Space on Women Pilots (“What are US Airlines Missing?  Women Pilots”  September 2020.  (Women Pilots)

Sigma Delta Chi Award (Washington State), Investigation of Mt. St. Helens disaster 1981


Selected Work

As author, unless indicated otherwise.

What are US Airlines Missing? Women Pilots

Gender inequity in commercial flying; aviation education.


One Case of a Rare Eye Cancer Was Weird. When 4 More Appeared, the Town Knew Something Wasn't Right.

Investigation of ocular melanoma (eye cancer) clusters in Lake Norman, NC.  Implications of the environment and interviews with researchers, public health officials, and victims.


Collection of articles written as Contributing Editor to Smithsonian Air & Space magazine

Collection of articles by Arielle Emmett for Smithsonian Air & Space


Biden Administration Needs to Defend Taiwan's Right to Exist

Op/Ed on China and Taiwan's fraught relationship and the "One China" policy.


Hazards in Paradise: Indonesia Prepares for Natural Disasters

On-site investigation of How Indonesia is coping with natural disasters with technology and earth warning systems (tsunami, earthquake, floods, fires). 


“Two Kinds of Time: The Chinese-Kenyan Infrastructure Disconnect.” A. S. Emmett, author and developmental editor for Swartze, E., Scheepers, C., Lindgreen, A., Yousefzai, S. and Mathee, M. (2023). Technology Leapfrogging and Innovation in Africa: Digital Transformation and Opportunity for the Next Growth Continent. London: Edward Elgar.

Chinese investment in East African infrastructure projects both stimulate and distract from Kenya’s urgent need for social justice and economic reform. This chapter uses qualitative interviews with a range of Kenyans and Chinese to describe the impact of two infrastructure projects conceived as “game changers” – the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and the LAPSSET Corridor originating in Lamu on Kenya’s southeast coast.  Using data collected during 2018-2019, I show how Kenyans and Chinese assess the benefits and negatives of these infrastructure projects based on labor impacts, divergent perceptions of time, time management, and investment payback.

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