Professor of Chinese Media and Cultural Studies, S.C. Fang Professor of Chinese Language & Culture
Comparative Media Studies/Writing

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Wang is the founder and director of New Media Action Lab. Her first book, The Story of Stone, a post-structuralist study on ‘intertextuality,’ won her the Joseph Levenson Prize in 1994. Her third single-authored book, Brand New China: Advertising, Media, and Commercial Culture, came out in three other language editions. 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 was awarded fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies, the National Humanities Center, and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation. She also received an eight-year grant from the Ford Foundation China to develop NGO 2.0, an ICT-powered activist project serving Chinese grassroots NGOs. 

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.

Research Areas / Expertise: advertising, media and communication studies; Cultural Studies; China Studies

1985 Ph.D. UMass-Amherst
1975 M.A. Michigan
1972 B.A. National Taiwan University  

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