Yanhong Li, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar, Annenberg School for Communication

Yanhong Li is a Professor of media studies at the School of Communication and Design at Sun Yat-sen University and a visiting scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication.

Her research interests cover journalism, alternative media, digital media and activism, digital youth culture and political communication in contemporary China. Most of her research appeared in the flagship journals in the fields of Communication as well as in general Social Science in China. Her research interests center on how the processes of marketization, digitalization and globalization shape and transform the field of journalism and the quality of public sphere in authoritarian China. She seeks to develop a multi-dimensional framework to understand changes in contemporary Chinese journalism. She is currently doing research on examining news innovation processes of media organizations within the theoretical framework of “structuration” and on examining the adaptation of Chinese state media for maintaining authority resilience in digital era and its possible political consequence.

Her recent studies also include a research project on the new emerging racial discourse on Chinese internet, and a project on the mediated suffering and its implication for formation of trans-class public in urban china.

Li received her Ph.D. in Communication from Chinese University of Hongkong. She has been a Visiting Fellow of the School of Communication at the Simon Fraser University in Canada, School of Journalism & Communication at Chinese University of HK, Department of Media & Communication at City University of HK and Mingchuan University in Taipei.

Yanhong Li is a professor of Media Studies at the School of Communication and Design at Sun Yat-sen University and a visiting scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication.

Li's Network

  • Activism, Communication, and Social Justice
  • Critical Journalism Studies
  • Digital Media and Social Networks
  • Global and Comparative Communication