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- © LIANG Fan
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department
of Communication and Media  at the University of Michigan
. My research examines how communication technologies construct
social and political changes, and how social and political powers
shape and regulate the design and operation of such technologies.
Using a mixed-methods approach, my ongoing research has two focal
areas: 1) the integration of algorithmic decision-making and data
analytics into politics and social life, and 2) the mechanism and
consequence of political astroturfing and propaganda on digital
2021, my two papers were named Top Student Paper Award
from International Communication Association (ICA) Political
Communication Division  (First author) and ICA
Communication and Technology Division  (Co-author),
respectively. In May 2018, my two papers received Top Student Paper
Award from ICA Visual Communication Division
 and ICA Public Diplomacy Interest Group ,
respectively. In August 2018, my co-authored paper was named Top
Paper Award from Association for Education in Journalism and Mass
Communication (AEJMC) . My research has received recognition and
support from Chevening Scholarships , American Council of
Learned Societies (ACLS) , Volkswagen Foundation
, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies
, International Institute Student Fellowships ,
and Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED) .
My studies have appeared in Policy & Internet
, Social Media + Society
, Communication Research , Journal of
Communication , among other peer reviewed journals.
I received B.A. in Public Administration from Shanghai Jiao Tong
University and M.Sc.in Political Communication from the University of
Glasgow. Prior to academia, I was a journalist in China.
My CV is available here 
My research interests lie at the
intersection of digital media, political communication, technology
governance, and computational social science. My work recognizes that
the modes of power have significantly shifted in the era of
algorithms, big data, and computation. As such, we need to understand
how, why, and by whom power relations are transformed through
communication technologies, and how the new modalities of power can
influence various actors and the operation of technologies. As we
continue relying more on digital media, my work contributes to the
ongoing debate about the political and social implications of
I am also a member of several research groups, including Big
Data Innovation and Governance Lab , Politics and
Communication Lab , and Mobile Communication Collective
My publications and current projects can be found on Google
scholar  and ResearchGate .
- Liang, F., Zhu, Q., & Li, M. (In-progress).
The effects of source flagging on news sharing: Quasi-experimental
evidence from Twitter.
- Liang, F. & Chen, Y.
(In-progress). The making of good citizens? China’s Social Credit
System and the new infrastructure of social quantification.
- Campbell, S., Ross, M., Ling, R.,
F. (In-progress). Micro and locational mobilities amid
the Pandemic: Why mobile communication still matters while staying at
- Liang, F. & Hussain,
M. M. (In-progress). Liking authoritarian media on Facebook?
Predicting the popularity of China’s media on a global
S., Liang, F.,
& Frith, J. (2020). Imagining 5G: Social shaping through news
media in China and the US.
F., Zhu, Q., Weeks, B. E., & Kwak, N. (2020). From online
credibility to political deliberation: How credibility perception and
technological competence predict cross-cutting
- Lee, S., Liang, F., Hahn, L., Lane,
D., Weeks, B., & Kwak, N. (Forthcoming). When it seems bots have
liked it: The impact of social endorsement cues and manipulability
concerns on perceptions of news credibility. Cyberpsychology,
Behavior, and Social Networking.
- Campbell, S., Zhao, F., Frith, J., & Liang, F.
(2021). Imagining 5G: Public sense-making through advertising in
China and the US . Mobile Media & Communication,
F. (2020). COVID-19 and Health Code: How digital
platforms tackle the pandemic in China . Social Media +
F. (2019). The New Silk Road on Facebook: How
China’s official media cover and frame national initiative for
global audiences . Communication & the Public,
- Lane, D.
S., Lee, S. S., Liang,
F., Kim, D. H., Shen, L., Weeks, B. E., & Kwak, N.
(2019). Social media expression and the political self
. Journal of Communication, 69(1), 49-72.
- Liang, F., Das, V., Kostyuk, N., & Hussain,
M. M. (2018). Constructing a data‐driven society: China’s
Social Credit System as a state surveillance infrastructure
. Policy & Internet, 10(4), 415-453.
- Kwak, N., Lane, D. S., Lee, S.
S., Liang, F.,
& Weeks, B. E. (2018). From persuasion to deliberation: Do
experiences of online political persuasion facilitate dialogic
openness? . Communication research,
- Liang, F. (2020). Talking politics via
images: Exploring the 2016 Chinese Internet memes war on Facebook. In
Herdin, T & Faust, M. (Eds). De-westernizing visual
culture: Perspectives from the Global South
 (pp.163-181). Baden, Germany: Nomos
F. (2018). Book review: Can the Internet strengthen
democracy?  Global Media and Communication, 14(3),
- Kostyuk, N., Chen,
W., Das, V., Liang,
F., & Hussain, M. M. (2017). High-tech governance
through big data surveillance: Tracing the global deployment of mass
surveillance infrastructures, 1995 to present . SSRN,
Papers Under Review
- Liang, F., Chen, Y., &
Zhao, F. (R&R). The platformization of propaganda: How Xuexi
Qiangguo expands persuasion and assesses citizens in
China. International Journal of Communication.
- Kim, Y., Chen, Y., & Liang, F. (R&R). The
politics and practices of care in China and South Korea’s quarantine
enforcement apps for COVID-19 response. New Media &
- The 70th International
Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference, 21-25 May 2020.
- The 5th
International Conference on Computational Social Science, July 17-20,
2019. University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- International Communication
Association (ICA) Annual Conference, May 24-28, 2019. Washington,
- The Association for
Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference.
August 6-9, 2018. Washington, D.C.
- International Association for Media and Communication
Research (IAMCR) Annual Conference. June 20 - 24, 2018. University of
Oregon, Eugene, OR
- International Communication Association (ICA) Annual
Conference, May 24-28, 2018. Prague, the Czech Republic
- The 16th Chinese Internet Research
Conference. May 22-23, 2018. Leiden University, Netherlands
- Digital Transformation in China –
Recent Trends and Impacts. January 19, 2018. Freie Universität
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Science Research Forum. December 1, 2017. Ann Arbor, MI
- The 15th Chinese Internet Research
Conference. June 5-6, 2017. Fort Worth, TX
- Global Fusion Conference. October 13-14, 2017. Athens,
- International Communication
Association (ICA) Preconference, May 25, 2017. San Diego, CA
- Science, Technology, and the Politics
of Knowledge in Global Affairs, March 30-31, 2017. Northwestern
University, Chicago, IL
- Top Student Paper Award,
International Communication Association (ICA), Political Communication
Division (First author, 2021)
- Top Student Paper Award, International Communication
Association (ICA), Communication & Technology Division (Co-author,
- Top Student Paper Award
from International Communication Association (ICA) Public Diplomacy
Interest Group (Solo author, 2018)
- Top Student Paper Award from International Communication
Association (ICA) Visual Communication Studies (First author,
- Top Paper Award (second
place), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
(AEJMC), Communication Theory & Methodology Division (Co-author,
- Chevening Scholarship, the British
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, £28,000
- International Institute Individual
Fellowship, University of Michigan (2018)
- Lieberthal-Rogel Travel and Research Fellowship,
University of Michigan (2018)
Research and Travel Grants
- Graduate Student Research
Grant, the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, University of
Michigan, $2,500 (2019)
- Graduate Travel Scholarship, University of Michigan, $800
- American Council of
Learned Societies Predissertation-Summer Travel Grant, $5,000
- Graduate Travel
Scholarship, University of Michigan, $1,500 (2018)
- Rackham Conference Travel Grant,
University of Michigan, $1,000 (2018)
- Conference Travel Grant, Freie Universität Berlin,
Foundation for Computational Method Workshop, €700 (2018)
- Rackham Conference Travel Grant,
University of Michigan, $800
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