About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. Always an advocate for a network approach, I research collective action, open collaboration, and inter-organizational alliances that are designed to achieve collective goals. Most of my research projects are at the intersection of technology, networks and social impact. At the University of Kentucky, I am also a member of the Community Innovation Lab, working with local nonprofits and social enterprises to deliver network-based solutions.

​My work has appeared in major communication and organizational study journals such as Mass Communication & Society, Public Relations Review, International Journal of Communication, Online Information Review, Information Technologies and International Development (ITID), and Convergence. My research has been generously supported by National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Army Research Office, and Northwestern Undergraduate Research Office.

I received my Ph.D. degree in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at University of Southern California (USC). Originally from Jiangsu China, I completed my Bachelor’s degree from Nanjing University. I hold a Master’s degree from the Department of Communication and New Media at National University of Singapore, and a Master’s degree in Communication from USC. Prior to joining University of Kentucky, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact, Northwestern University.


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