Guobin Yang is an Associate Professor of Communication and Sociology in the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research areas cover digital media, political communication, global communication, social movements, cultural sociology, and the sociology of China.
Yang's books include The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (Columbia University Press, 2009. Winner of best book award, Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association, 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).
Yang is a member of the editorial boards of The China Quarterly, Public Culture, Contemporary Sociology, and the International Convention for Asian Studies Publications Series of the Amsterdam University Press. 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).