Guobin Yang, Ph.D.

Picture of Professor Guobin Yang at Annenberg School for Communication ASC UPenn
Associate Professor of Communication and Sociology

Guobin Yang is an Associate 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, political communication, global communication, social movements, cultural sociology, and the sociology of 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), Re-Envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China (edited with Ching-Kwan Lee, 2007), China's Red Guard Generation: Loyalty, Dissent, and Nostalgia, 1966-1999 (under contract, Columbia University Press), and Dragon-Carving and the Literary Mind (2 volumes. Library of Chinese Classics in English Translation, Beijing, 2003).

Professor Yang serves on the editorial boards of Public Culture, Social Media + Society, The International Journal of Press/PoliticsContemporary Sociology, 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 board of Asiascape: Digital Asia. 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 (1993) and a second Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University (2000).


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Professor Guobin Yang talks about his research and current projects.
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Professor Guobin Yang talks about his book, The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (Columbia University Press, 2009).
Courses Taught

COMM 809/SOCI 809: Digital Media and Social Theory
COMM 867-401/ SOCI 867-401 Media and Social Movements (with Sandra González-Bailón and Victor Pickard​)
COMM 849-301: New Media and Social Transformation: Form, Feeling, and Force
COMM 270-401/SOCI 230-401: Global Digital Activism
COMM 203-405/SOCI 230-405: China Today: Media, Culture & Society
COMM 870-401/SOCI 820-401: Media and Communication in China

Professor Yang's research focuses on digital media and social theory, social movements, online activism, global communication, cultural sociology, and media and communication in China.

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Yang's Network

  • Culture and Communication
  • Digital Media and Social Networks
  • Global and Comparative Communication
  • Media Institutions and Systems
  • Political Communication
  • Center for Global Communication Studies
  • Media Activism Research Collective
  • Scholars Program in Culture and Communication
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  • Guobin Yang's Google Scholar page