Kecheng Fang

Doctoral Candidate

Kecheng FANG (方可成) is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include political communication and journalism, mainly in the Chinese context. He has been working on several projects examining how China's propaganda machine adapts to social media and seeks to win hearts and minds both at home and abroad. For his dissertation, he plans to investigate the ideological landscape of Chinese media and measure their bias.

Before coming to the U.S., Fang worked as a political journalist at Southern Weekly (南方周末) for three years. He has appeared in media including BBC, Financial TimesForeign Policy, The New Yorker, Politico, BuzzFeed News, Business Insider, Al Jazeera, South China Morning Post, and Radio Netherlands Worldwide, commenting on issues related to news media and Chinese politics.

Fang is also a long-time and active Internet writer and observer, a “best blogger” nominated by Deutsche Welle. In 2011, he founded, an independent website committed to introducing academic studies on Chinese politics to the Chinese public. He also maintains a newsletter "NewsLab" for students, researchers, and media professionals in China, which discusses latest trends in global journalism and cutting-edge communication research.

Previously, he studied at Peking University in China and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kecheng Fang is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication.

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Fang's Network

  • Michael X. Delli Carpini, Ph.D.
  • Activism, Communication, and Social Justice
  • Global and Comparative Communication
  • Media Institutions and Systems
  • Political Communication
  • Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication
  • Digital Media, Networks, and Political Communication Group
  • Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics
  • Media Activism Research Collective