Professor Jing Wang is the Director of New Media Action Lab and is jointly appointed in GSL and Comparative Media Studies at MIT.
Professor Jing Wang returned from her sabbatical and served as the Interim Head of GSL during the fall semester 2016.
Wang is the founder and director of New Media Action Lab and serves as the Chair of the International Advisory Board for Creative Commons China. She is also a member on the Advisory Board of Wikimedia Foundation that runs global Wikipedia. Her first book The Story of Stone, a post-structuralist study on ‘intertextuality’ won her the Joseph Levenson Prize for the “Best Book on Pre-Modern China Published in 1992.” Her third single-authored book Brand New China: Advertising, Media, and Commercial Culture came out in Arabic, Japanese, and Chinese translations. In 2015, her co-edited special issue “Reconsidering the MIT Visualizing Cultures Controversy” (Positions, 23:1, 2015) was Winner of the 2015 CELJ Award for Best Special Issue.
Wang received fellowships awarded by the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies at Harvard University, the National Humanities Center, and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation. She has also been the recipient of a four-year grant awarded by the Henry Luce Foundation to initiate an international Chinese Popular Culture Studies Project.
In spring 2009, she launched NGO 2.0, an ICT-powered activist project serving Chinese grassroots NGOs. The project is building cross-sector collaboration with foundations, universities, NGOs, the media sector, IT companies, the Corporate Social Responsibility sector, interface designers and software developers’ communities in China. Ford Foundation awarded her an eight-year grant (2009-2017) to develop NGO2.0. Wang also serves on the editorial and advisory boards for nine peer review journals that cover a number of fields such as advertising, media and communication studies, Cultural Studies, and China Studies, among them are Global Media and Communication, Media Industries, and Positions: Asia Critique. A new book Internet plus Social Good on the pedagogy of social media literacy training was published in 2016. Wang’s current research interests include advertising and marketing, civic media and communication, social media action research, popular culture, and nonprofit technology, with an area focus on the People’s Republic of China. She holds a secondary appointment in Comparative Media Studies & Writing.