I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Michigan and the Graduate Data Science Certificate Program at the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS). My research is at the intersections of global communication, computational social science, and digital politics. I use statistical and computational methods to understand the political implications of digital technology, particularly the consequences, benefits, and risks of new communication technologies. I also adopt qualitative methods to open and explore the black box of data infrastructures and algorithms.
In 2014, I was awarded Chevening Scholarships for my master studies in UK. In May 2018, my two papers were named Top Student Paper Award from International Communication Association (ICA). In 2018, I received American Council of Learned Societies Predissertation-Summer Travel Grant and Lieberthal-Rogel Travel and Research Fellowship for my field research in China. I also received International Institute Student Fellowships for my research about data infrastructure and governance in authoritarian regimes. In 2019, my research project on the platformization of propaganda is awarded Graduate Student Research Grant from the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED) at UM.
My studies have appeared in Policy & Internet, Communication Research, Journal of Communication, among other peer reviewed journals.
I received B.A. in Public Administration from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and M.Sc.in Political Communication from the University of Glasgow. Prior to academia, I was a journalist in China.
My CV is available here