Distinguished Sociologist Yang to Join Annenberg Faculty

Guobin Yang, Ph.D., currently acting chair in the Department of Sociology at Barnard College at Columbia University, will be joining the faculty of Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Sociology. The associate professor appointment is effective July 1, 2012.   Dr. Yang is familiar to many here at Annenberg. In the Fall term of 2010 he was a Visiting Scholar in the Annenberg Scholars Program in Culture and Communication, teaching a well-received graduate course, New Media and Social Transformation: Feeling, Form, and Force, and delivering a master lecture titled "Forbidden Books and Filtered Words: Transgressive Communication in China from the Cultural Revolution to the Internet."

In addition to his appointment as an associate professor of Sociology at Barnard, Dr. Yang holds appointments in Barnard’s Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures, Columbia’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and Columbia’s Department of Sociology.   He has published on a wide range of social issues in China, including the internet and civil society, environmental NGOs, the 1989 student movement, the Red Guard Movement, and collective memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. His books include The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (Columbia University Press, June 2009), Re-Envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China (edited with Ching-Kwan Lee, 2007), and Dragon-Carving and the Literary Mind (2 volumes. Library of Chinese Classics in English Translation, Beijing, 2003). He is currently working on a new book entitled China's Red Guard Generation: Loyalty, Dissent, and Nostalgia, 1966-1999 (under contract, Columbia University Press). 

Yang received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Writing and Research Grant” (2003), was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington , D.C. (2003-2004), and taught as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (2000-2005). He has a doctoral degree in English Literature with a specialty in Literary Translation from Beijing Foreign Studies University (1993) and a doctoral degree in Sociology from New York University (2000).   “The addition of Guobin Yang is a major coup for us,” said Michael X. Delli Carpini, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Walter H. Annenberg Dean.  “It adds to our existing strengths in both global communication and digital media, brings us new strength in the study of China, and helps build interdisciplinary bridges between Annenberg and SAS’s Department of Sociology.  We are very excited about his agreeing to come to Penn.”