People

Leadership

Postdoctoral Fellows

Core Faculty

Graduate Students

Research Affiliates

Partners

Leadership

Portrait of Guobin Yang

Guobin Yang, Ph.D.

Director

Guobin Yang is the Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Communication and Sociology at the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication and Director of the Center on Digital Culture and Society. He is the author of the awardwinning The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (2009) and The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China (2016). He is the editor or coeditor of four books: Media Activism in the Digital Age (with Victor Pickard, 2017), 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 ChingKwan Lee, 2007). Previously he taught as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of HawaiiManoa 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.

Rosemary Clark-Parsons, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Rosemary ClarkParsons received her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication in 2018, where she currently serves as the Associate Director of the Center on Digital Culture and Society. She is also a Postdoctoral Fellow with CDCS and a Research Affiliate with Penn’s Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality & Women. ClarkParsons is a researcher, teacher, and activist working at the intersection of technology and gender justice. Her research centers on questions of how digital platforms and their users are reconfiguring the face and reach of contemporary feminist social movements in the United States. Her book project, Doing it Ourselves: The Networked Practices of Feminist Media Activism, demonstrates how feminists are taking up networked media to pursue a doitourselvesstyle feminism, building movements and communities from the ground up, all while juggling the affordances and limitations of their media tools. In the classroom, ClarkParsons has worked with a diverse range of students, from high schoolers to undergraduates to continuing adult learners, to develop media and communication strategies for social justice. Prior to Penn, ClarkParsons attended Ursinus College, where she received her B.A. in Media and Communication Studies.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Jasmine Erdener, Ph.D.

Jasmine Norkunas Erdener recently defended her dissertation, titled “Excavating Radical Futures: Puppets, Robots, and the Fight for Technology,” at the Annenberg School. She specializes in gender and identity, technology and digital media, and social movement activism, and she conducted ethnographic research at Bread and Puppet Theater. She completed a B.A. in Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin, and received her Master’s degree in Modern Humanities and French Literature from the Université Jean Moulin Lyon III in Lyon, France. At Penn, in addition to CDCS, she has worked with the Media Activism Research Collective and the Collective for Advancing Multimodal Research Arts. She is teaching an undergraduate seminar on Visual Culture and Communication at Annenberg, as well as a course on ethnographic methodologies called the Art of Listening for the School of Social Policy and Practice at Penn. She has also worked as the audio editor and producer for a number of podcasts, including Annenberg’s 3620 Podcast, the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, the Data Refuge and Remediations podcast, and Annenberg’s Center for Media at Risk.

Elisabetta Ferrari, Ph.D.

Elisabetta Ferrari’s research addresses the social and political implications of digital technologies, with an emphasis on activism and social movements. Taking a critical, qualitative, and comparative approach, her work interrogates how people make sense of the politics of digital technologies in relation to social justice. Her book project examines how contemporary leftist activist groups in Italy, Hungary and the United States constructed their own “technological imaginaries” to appropriate, negotiate or challenge Silicon Valley’s dominant technooptimist ideas. Her research has been published in academic journals such as New Media & Society, Media, Culture & Society, and Communication, Culture & Critique and has received funding from the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society at Villanova University and from the Internet Policy Observatory at the University of Pennsylvania. Ferrari received her Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in August 2019. She also holds an M.A. in Political Science from Central European University in Hungary.

Core Faculty

Ezekiel Dixon-Román Ph.D.

Ezekiel Dixon-Román Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Social Policy

David Grazian, Ph.D.

David Grazian, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology and Faculty Director of Urban Studies

John L. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D.

John L. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D.

Walter H. Annenberg Dean and Richard Perry University Professor

Sarah J. Jackson, Ph.D.

Sarah J. Jackson, Ph.D.

Presidential Associate Professor

Jessa Lingel, Ph.D.

Jessa Lingel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication

Ben Shestakofsky Ph.D.

Ben Shestakofsky Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Julia Ticona, Ph.D.

Julia Ticona, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication

Joseph Turow, Ph.D.

Joseph Turow, Ph.D.

Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication

Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D.

Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D.

Raymond Williams Professor of Communication

Graduate Students

Farrah Rahaman

Farrah Rahaman

Ryan Tsapatsaris

Ryan Tsapatsaris

Diami Virgilio

Diami Virgilio

Andrew Wirzburger

Andrew Wirzburger

Research Affiliates

Melissa Aronczyk

Rutgers University

Moya Bailey

Northeastern University

Meredith Broussard

New York University

Craig Calhoun

Arizona State University

Angelé Christin

Stanford University

Meredith Clark

University of Virginia

Brooke Duffy

Cornell University

Johan Farkas

Malmö University

Kishonna Gray

University of Illinois at Chicago

Emily Dean Hund

University of Pennsylvania

Catherine Knight Steele

University of Maryland

Jeffrey Lane

Rutgers University

Jun Liu

University of Copenhagen

Carrie A. Rentschler

McGill University

Jen Schradie

Sciences Po

Angela Xiao Wu

New York University

Lin Zhang

University of New Hampshire

Our Partners

Center for Media at Risk

Center for Media at Risk

Media Activism Research Collective (MARC)

Media Activism Research Collective (MARC)

Media, Inequality and Change Center (MIC)

Media, Inequality and Change Center (MIC)

Price Lab for Digital Humanities

Price Lab for Digital Humanities