Junfang Zhang, Ph.D.
Junfang Zhang holds her Ph.D. degree in Communication from Fudan University, China. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU).
Zhang’s research focus is relationship between discourse and power in recent years. She pays special attention to how different speakers use new communication technologies to advance public discussion and civic participation. She aims to explore the structural relations among communications, information markets, individuals, organizations and government. She has received several research grants on international journalism, among them, the National Social Science Fund Project aims to depict, via content analysis and discourse analysis, how media in the world (The Times, the New York Times and Le Monde) cited the content of China’s Xinhua News Agency from 1978 to 2011. The book Global Media, China’s Voices: Studies on International Influence of Chinese Media based on this project findings was published in 2015.
As a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Zhang’s research will analyze the content and evolutionary trajectory of the public discourse on cybersecurity in China and the United States. Her project will see discourse/power as always rooted in particular historical context and seek to address how the changes of relationship between mass media and discourse actors in post-9/11 era are related with shaping of the discourse.
Junfang Zhang is a Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication in Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication. She is working on a comparative study between China and the United States which examines the ensemble of discourse speakers who have shaped the cybersecurity controversy at the media forum in the post-9/11 era.