Guobin Yang, Ph.D.
Guobin Yang is the Grace Lee Boggs 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. He is the author of the award-winning The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (2009) and The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China (2016). His 2-volume Dragon-Carving and the Literary Mind (2003) is an annotated English translation of the 6th-century Chinese classic of rhetoric and literary theory Wenxin Diaolong.
Yang is the editor or co-editor of four books, including Media Activism in the Digital Age (with Victor Pickard, 2017), China's Contested Internet (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).
Yang is co-editor (with Zhongdang Pan) of the new journal Communication and the Public. 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 Communication, Global Media and China, The China Quarterly, China Information: A Journal on Contemporary China Studies, Chinese Journal of Sociology, the "Asian Cultural Studies: Transnational and Dialogic Approaches" book series, the "Global Asia" book series, and "China's Environment and Welfare" book series of the Amsterdam University Press, and on the advisory boards of Asiascape: Digital Asia and Critical Perspectives 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.
Yang tweets at @Yangguobin
COMM 203: Media, Culture and Society in Contemporary China
COMM 270: Global Digital Activism
COMM 665: Digital Media and Social Theory
COMM 815: Community, Network, and Crowd: Critical Perspectives on Forms of Human Togetherness (with Jessa Lingel)
COMM 860: Global Media Activism: The 1960s
COMM 867: Media and Social Movements (with Sandra González-Bailón and Victor Pickard)
Please note that all courses are crosslisted with Sociology.
Activism, Communication, and Social Justice
Culture and Communication
Global and Comparative Communication
Media Institutions and Systems
Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication
Center for Media at Risk
Media Activism Research Collective
Scholars Program in Culture and Communication
Guobin Yang's Google Scholar page