Guobin Yang


CSCC Deputy Director, Professor of Sociology

Guobin Yang is Professor of Communication and Sociology in the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. His books include The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China (2016), 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), and Dragon-Carving and the Literary Mind (2 volumes. Library of Chinese Classics in English Translation, Beijing, 2003). He is the editor of 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).
Professor 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 China, The China Quarterly, China Information: A Journal on Contemporary China Studies, Chinese Journal of Sociology, the "Global Asia" book series of the Amsterdam University Press, and on the advisory boards of Asiascape: Digital Asia and Routledge’s Critical Perspectives on Citizen Media book series. 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.