Jian Xu


2016 CSCC Visiting Scholar

Dr. Jian Xu is a joint visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Contemporary China & the Centre for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania from November 2015 to February 2016. He is a researcher in the Sydney Democracy Network at the University of Sydney and recently completed Endeavour Postdoctoral Research in the China Research Centre at the University of Technology Sydney. Dr. Xu researches Chinese media and communications with a particular interest in the mediated social-cultural-political changes caused by digital media. His research areas focus on China’s Internet activism, Internet governance, authoritarianism 2.0, and micro-charity. He is the author of Media Events in Web 2.0 China: Interventions of Online Activism (2016, Sussex Academic Press, in press) and a co-editor of Chinese Social Media Today: Critical Perspective (2017, under contract).