Raul Reis joined the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media as dean in July 2022. Before coming to UNC Hussman, Reis served for six years as dean of the School of Communication at Emerson College, where he was a tenured professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Prior to Emerson, Reis was dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, from 2011 to 2016. He has 25 years of experience in academia and a track record for creating nationally ranked programs that have helped prepare students for the fast-paced world of digital media.

Reis has published extensively in academic journals and books on topics such as the impact of mass media on traditional communities; Latin American and Brazilian media; higher education; and science, health and environmental communication. His academic articles have appeared in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Science Communication, World Communication Journal, Environmental Communication and the Journal of Intercultural Communication, among others. He co-authored a book titled "Mass Communication: Producers and Consumers" (2010) and another titled "Writing and Reporting for Digital Media" (2015). Reis has contributed chapters to six edited academic books, and his research has been reprinted in specialized encyclopedias.

Prior to entering academia, Reis worked for many years as a newspaper, television and magazine reporter and editor for Brazilian and U.S. news organizations. As a journalist, he covered politics, sports, city news and science and the environment, among other topics.

At UNC, Reis is emphasizing community, diversity, equity and inclusion and building on the school's traditional strengths of teaching, research and public service with a commitment to student success and thought leadership in media and journalism.


  • Ph.D., University of Oregon
  • M.S., Kansas State University
  • B.A., Universidade Federal do ParĂ¡