Carleen Ling-An Hsu

Carleen Hsu

Professor of Practice

  • Journalism


For over 20 years Carleen produced and co-produced long form non-fiction films for HBO, PBS, the Learning Channel, BBC, CBC, and Channel 4 UK with subjects ranging from the obesity epidemic in America to gender identity in Thailand to faith healing in Africa.  The documentaries have been recognized for their exceptional storytelling and original content with a Royal Television Society Award, a Genesis Award, a Foreign Press Association Award for Best Documentary, a nomination for a national News and Documentary Emmy and two prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards. Themes of health, science, and the environment permeate much of her work.

She is a recipient of media grants from the MacArthur Foundation, ITVS, New York State Council for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, Latino Public Broadcasting, and the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism.

Currently she is a Professor of Practice in the College of Communication Arts and in the Film Studies Program in the College of Arts and Letters.

Carleen is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


  • FLM 260 – Introduction to Digital Film and Media
  • MI 351 – Introduction to Producing for Cinema and TV

Awards, Honors, and Recognition:

  • George Foster Peabody Award (twice)
  • Foreign Press Association Award for Best Documentary of the Year
  • Royal Television Society’s Grierson Award
  • Genesis Award for Outstanding Premium Cable Documentary
  • GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Award for Outstanding Documentary
  • Association of Women in Communications’ Clarion Award for Best Television Documentary
  • British Medical Association’s ‘Medicine in Media’ Award
  • National Academy of Television of Arts & Sciences Emmy Nomination for Craft in News and Documentary research
  • Hamburg Media World Festival Silver Award
  • International Festival of Cinema, Religion and Society Award for Best Documentary
Contact Information

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Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University