• Rosario Aguilar

    Rosario Aguilar is Assistant Professor of political science at Center for Economics Research and Teaching (CIDE) in Mexico City. She has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. Her research looks at the effect of prejudice across contexts in citizens’ political behavior and attitudes, mainly looking at Latin American countries and the United States. Her current research includes: survey experiment to look at the effect of racial prejudice on voters’ decision-making in Mexico, the ethics of experimental research in comparative perspective, and voters’ attitudes and behavior in different levels of electoral contests. Aguilar is a Co-PI in the Mexico Comparative Studies of Electoral Systems (CSES) project. She has also been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her research has been published in Latin American Research Review and Política y Gobierno.

  • Björn Alpermann

    Björn Alpermann is Chair Professor of Contemporary Chinese Studies, Würzburg University. He is the co-ordinator and speaker of the German government-funded Research Network Governance in China ( and heads the project on “Social Stratification and Political Culture in Contemporary Urban China”. His further research interests include grassroots politics and the political economy of rural China. He has published widely on China’s village governance and its agricultural markets. His 2010 book “China’s Cotton Industry: Economic Transformation and State Capacity” is soon to be re-published as a paperback.

  • Lance Bennett

    Lance Bennett is Professor of Political Science and Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication at the University of Washington. He works primarily in the area of media and politics and has also contributed to the literature of political psychology, communication theory, and political culture.
    His most recent books are: When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina (Chicago, with Regina Lawrence & Steven Livingston), and The Logic of Connective Action: Digital Media and the Personalization of Contentious Politics (Cambridge, with Alexandra Segerberg). He has served as chair of the Political Communication Section of the American Political Science Association, and on editorial boards of major journals in political science and communications. 

He teaches courses on political communication, civic engagement, digital media and political protest, and discourses of consumerism, identity and economic sustainability.
    His areas of interest include political communication, political psychology, and comparative media systems, participation and governance. He is Director of the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement.

  • Shanto Iyengar

    Shanto Iyengar holds the Chandler Chair in Communication at Stanford University where he is also Professor of Political Science and Director of the Political Communication Laboratory. Iyengar’s areas of expertise include the role of mass media in democratic societies, public opinion, and political psychology. Iyengar’s research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Hewlett Foundation. He is the recipient of several professional awards including the Philip Converse Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book in the field of public opinion, the Murray Edelman Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard University. Iyengar is author or co-author of several books, including News That Matters (University of Chicago Press, 1987), Is Anyone Responsible? (University of Chicago Press, 1991), Explorations in Political Psychology (Duke University Press, 1995), Going Negative (Free Press, 1995), and Media Politics: A Citizen’s Guide (Norton, 2011).

  • Marwan Kraidy

    Marwan M. Kraidy is the Anthony Shadid Professor of Communication and Director of the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication (PARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, USA. The recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Kraidy has lectured worldwide and published more than 100 essays and 6 books, including Reality Television and Arab Politics (Cambridge UP 2010), which won three major prizes. Kraidy has been the Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut, Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne in Paris, Assistant Professor of International Relations at American University in Washington, DC, and Assistant Professor of Critical-Cultural Studies at the University of North Dakota. A frequent media commentator on global and Arab media issues, professor Kraidy is currently writing Creative Insurgency, focusing on the human body as a locus of power and resistance in revolutionary times. He tweets at @MKraidy.

  • Han-Teng Liao

    Han-Teng Liao examines how geographic and linguistic factors (humanities and social science) and hyperlinked web data (webometrics and information science) shape the sense of “fellow users” in digital networked environments. With more than twelve years of combined information science, media/communication and open source/open data working experience, his focus has been on user-generated content and data, Web analytics (webometrics), Chinese Internet Research and integrated research designs (both qualitative and quantitative). He enjoys networking with professionals on the geographic and linguistic growth / dynamics / exchanges of the Internet. He holds a PhD degree from the Oxford Internet Institute based on his comparative study of two Chinese user-contributed encyclopedias, Chinese Wikipedia and Baidu Baike. He also holds an MSc in Computer Science and Information Engineering, an MA in Journalism, a BSc in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures.

  • Devra C. Moehler

    Devra C. Moehler is Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.  Her research focuses on comparative political communication, democratization, partisan information sources, and political behavior, with a focus on Africa. Her current research projects include: a field experiment on partisan media effects in Ghana; survey research on partisan media effects in the United States; and a survey experiment on how party symbols and candidate photos on election ballots affect voting in Uganda.  She is author of the book Distrusting Democrats: Outcomes of Participatory Constitution Making (University of Michigan Press 2008), which argues that participation in a new democracy can create citizens who are democratic in their attitudes but suspicious of their government.  Previously, Moehler was Assistant Professor of Government at Cornell University and a Fellow at the Harvard Academy of International and Area Studies.  In addition, she served as a Democracy Fellow at USAID, where she provided technical assistance in the design of experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluations of democracy and governance assistance programs.

  • Filip Noubel

    Filip Noubel is co-founder of Beijing Awareness and director of Internews, a broadcasting project, in Kyrgyzstansince. He is an expert on social media and its intersection with news reporting, civil society and citizen journalism in China, and is a frequent advisor to embassies, government agencies and NGOs. He maintains an academic career with ongoing research, print and film interviews, and translations. Since 2006 he has been based in Beijing. Noubel’s work with editors, journalists, judges, lawyers, non-governmental organizations and corporate social responsibility-oriented businesspeople is designed to promote media professionalism and create a stronger and exchange across the formerly high boundaries of media law, legal and environmental reporting, digital media and innovation. Because of his deep involvements in these areas, Noubel advises experts at governmental, civil society, think tank and donor levels on U.S.-China relations. Noubel is an Asia Society Fellow, and a frequent speaker. Engagements have included TED, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and various United Nations conferences. He focuses on three main areas: digital media narratives, U.S.-China relations and the social and cultural history in Central Asia, China and Himalayan region.

  • Ya Ou

    Ou Ya is Associate Professor at the Department of Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs Administration, China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU). She is also researcher of the Institute for Public Opinion Research of Renmin University of China(RUC) and the Public Diplomacy Center of CFAU. Ou Ya received her Ph.D. Degree in Communication from RUC in 2008. Since the same year she has been teaching in CFAU. Her main research interests include online public opinion, political communication, communication effect and media diplomacy as well as research methodology. She authored or co-authored the following books: The Silent Cacophony: The Dynamics and Mechanism of Online Public Opinion in China(Beijing: Economic Daily Publishing House,2010); Media Communication in Public Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (first author, Beijing: Shishi Publishing House, 2011) and Microblog:a New Mechanism of Social Influence (second author, Beijing: People’s Daily Publishing House, 2011), which won Best Research Award 2012 of Beijing Municipal Philosophy and Social Science Foundation. She published papers in refereed journals such as “Immediate Effect: A New Orientation of Communication Effect Study form the Perspective of Neuroscience” (Second author. Journal of Communication University of China, 2011(3):28-35) and “Framing Effect: the Status Quo, Dilemma and Potentials“(International Communication 2007(3):10-13).

  • Richard Rogers

    Richard Rogers is University Professor and holds the Chair in New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. He is also Director of the Foundation (Amsterdam) and the Digital Methods Initiative. Previously, Rogers worked as Senior Advisor to Infodrome, the Dutch Governmental Information Society initiative. He also has worked as a Researcher and Tutor in Computer Related Design at the Royal College of Art (London), Research Fellow in Design and Media at the Jan van Eyck Academy (Maastricht), and Researcher in Technology Assessment at the Science Center Berlin (WZB) and in Strategic Computing in the Public Sector at Harvard University (JFK School). He earned his PhD and MSc in Science Studies at the University of Amsterdam,and his B.A. in Government and German at Cornell University. Over the past decade, Rogers and the Foundation have received research grants from the Dutch Government, Soros Foundation, Open Society Institute, Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Mondriaan Foundation and MacArthur Foundation. Most recently, he was Annenberg Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and Visiting Scholar in Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Instittute of Technology (MIT). IT. Rogers is author of Technological Landscapes (Royal College of Art, London, 1999), editor of Preferred Placement: Knowledge Politics on the Web (Jan van Eyck Press, 2000), and author of Information Politics on the Web (MIT Press, 2004/2005), “the 2005 Best Information Science Book of the Year Award presented by the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST).” He is also author of The End of the Virtual (Amsterdam University Press, 2009). His forthcoming book on Digital Methods is with MIT Press (2013).

  • Florian Schneider

    Florian Schneider is Lecturer for the Politics of Modern China at the Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University.  He is the author of Visual Political Communication in Popular Chinese Television Series, which was awarded the 2014 EastAsiaNet book award. He is managing editor of the academic journal Asiascape: Digital Asia. His research interests include questions of governance, political communication, and public administration in China, as well as international relations in the East-Asian region. A recent project has dealt with staged mass-media events in mainland China, such as the Beijing Olympics, the 60th Anniversary of the PRC, and the Shanghai Expo. Currently, he is conducting a three-year research project titled ‘Digital Nationalism in China’, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), in which he analyses how Sino-Japanese history is presented and discussed on China’s web. The project combines quantitative and qualitative methods, ranging from discourse analysis to hyperlink network analysis. Focusing on two cases, Digital Nationalism examines the stable, long-term networks surrounding the Nanjing Massacre of 1937, as well as the currently emerging, short-term networks on the ongoing Diaoyu/Senkaku Island dispute. These case studies demonstrate how Chinese animosities towards Japan are reworked in the service of community building, an activity beneficial both to the state and to private actors, although for different reasons. More generally, Digital Nationalism will confront current theories of political communication and ICT with the realities of the world’s largest national web, which is subject to effective control by China’s Party-state.

  • Stu Shulman

    Stu Shulman is Research Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the inventor of DiscoverText, entrepreneur, D-level soccer coach, proud dad/son, CEO of Texifter, and Taoist garlic grower. Texifter builds web-based text analytics for individuals, groups, and crowds. Founded in 2009 after a decade of NSF-funded research, Texifter delivers collaborative power tools for sorting text. Social data, email, voice of the customer or employee, and other sources are collected over APIs or uploaded via spreadsheets. The flagship application is DiscoverText, which allows users to access Gnip Power Tracks for Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress, and Disqus.

  • Ericka Menchen-Trevino

    Ericka Menchen-Trevino is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Before moving here, she earned her Ph.D. in the Media, Technology, and Society program in the School of Communication at Northwestern University USA. Her dissertation examined the role of digital technology in selective exposure to political communication using multiple methods (in-depth interviews, surveys, and observational web data analysis). She co-created the Roxy application to collect data for her dissertation. She also taught new media and politics and writing for the social sciences at Northwestern. Ericka’s research interests lie at the intersection of political communication and digital media studies, with a focus on methodology. She has published in the Journal of Information Technology and Politics the International Journal of Communication, and Information, Communication, and Society.Ericka earned her M.A. in communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her B.S. in anthropology with minors in fine arts (photogoraphy) and English from Loyola University Chicago. Over the course of her career, Ericka has worked as an ethnographic research consultant, a grant writer, a technical writer, a web designer, and a technical support representative.

  • Ning Zhang

    Ning Zhang is Associate Professor at California Polytechnic State University.