Guobin Yang is an Associate Professor of Communication and Sociology at the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also a faculty member of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China and Center for East Asian Studies. His research areas cover digital media, political communication, global communication, social movements, cultural sociology, and the sociology of China.
Professor Yang’s books include The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (Columbia University Press, 2009, winner of the best book award of the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association in 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).
Professor Yang serves on the editorial boards of Public Culture, Social Media + Society, The International Journal of Press/Politics, Contemporary Sociology, The China Quarterly, Chinese Journal of Sociology, the “Asian Cultural Studies: Transnational and Dialogic Approaches” book series, the “Global Asia” book series of the Amsterdam University Press and on the advisory board of Asiascape: Digital Asia. 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).