Guobin Yang, Ph.D.

Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Sociology and Communication


Ph.D., Sociology, New York University, 2000
Ph.D., English Literature, Beijing Foreign Studies University, 1993

Curriculum Vitae

Research Description: 

Guobin Yang is a Professor of Communication and Sociology at the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also a faculty member of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China and Center for East Asian Studies. His research areas cover digital media and critical social theory, global communication, social movements, activist media, cultural sociology, and media and politics in China.

Professor Yang's books include The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (Columbia University Press, 2009, winner of the best book award of the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association in 2010), The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China (Columbia University Press, 2016), and Dragon-Carving and the Literary Mind (2 vols. Library of Chinese Classics in English Translation, Beijing, 2003). He is the editor of China's Contested Internet (June 2015), The Internet, Social Media, and a Changing China (with Jacques deLisle and Avery Goldstein, 2016), and Re-Envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China (with Ching-Kwan Lee, 2007).

Professor Yang is co-editor (with Zhongdang Pan) of Communication and the Public. In addition, he serves on the editorial boards of Public Culture, Social Media + Society, The International Journal of Press/Politics, International Journal of Communication, Global Media and China, The China Quarterly, Chinese Journal of Sociology, the "Asian Cultural Studies: Transnational and Dialogic Approaches" book series, the "Global Asia" book series of the Amsterdam University Press, and on the advisory boards of Asiascape: Digital Asia and Critical Prespectives on Citizen Media. He received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "Writing and Research Grant" (2003) and was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. (2003-2004). Previously he taught as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and as an associate professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College of Columbia University. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature with a specialty in Literary Translation from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a second Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University.

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