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Jun Liu

Jun Liu

Associate Professor

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    My research stands at the intersection of communication, technology, politics, and society with particular attention to the social, cultural, and political implications of digital communication. Drawing upon theories from communication, sociology, and political science, my research focuses on how digital technology interacts with socio-cultural forms and settings and generates new power dynamics in politics in specific cultural and institutional contexts such as authoritarian regimes like China.
    Selected Awards:
    • Best Dissertation Award, The Information Technology and Politics Section of American Political Science Association, 2014
    • Best Paper Award, The 2014 International Communication Association Mobile Preconference, 2014

    Research managements: 

    Co-PI, Research group “Media and Communications in Transition Societies,” the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, the University of Copenhagen.

    Primary fields of research

    • Information and communication technologies
    • Political communication
    • Political sociology
    • Chinese politics
    • Research methodology
    • Collective action

    Current research

    • Communication and contention in the digital age, with a synthetic, communication-centered framework
    • Mundane, everyday politics that looks beyond contentious moments
    • Visual communication and contention that explores images as a kind of "hidden transcript" in authoritarian regimes

    Fields of interest

    • Political Communication
    • Political Sociology
    • Social Theory
    • Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies
    • Comparative Study
    • Sociology of China


    • Communication and IT
    • Digital media
    • Media sociology
    • China politics & media system

    Selected publications

    1. Published

      Digital Media, Cycle of Contention, and Sustainability of Environmental Activism: The case of anti-PX protests in China

      Liu, J. 2016 In : Mass Communication and Society. 19, 5, p. 604-625 22 p.

      Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

    2. Published

      From ‘Moments of Madness’ to ‘the Politics of Mundanity’: Researching Digital Media and Contentious Collective Actions in China

      Liu, J. 2017 In : Social Movement Studies. 16, 4, p. 418-432 15 p.

      Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

    3. Published

      Mobile phones, social ties, and collective action mobilization in China

      Liu, J. 2017 In : Acta Sociologica. 60, 3, p. 213–227

      Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

    4. Published

      Communicating Beyond Information: Mobile phones and mobilization to offline protests in China

      Liu, J. Sep 2015 In : Television & New Media. 16, 6, p. 503– 520 18 p., 1

      Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

    5. Published

      Social Media and Collective Remembrance: The debate over China’s Great Famine on weibo

      Zhao, H. & Liu, J. 2015 In : China Perspectives. 1, p. 41-48 8 p.

      Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

    6. Published

      北欧电影研究: 学术史述与当下观照

      Liu, J. 2017 In : 当代电影 (Contemporary Cinema). 250, 1, p. 90-94

      Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

    7. Published

      “电光影戏”的变迁与超越: “国片复兴”运动与中国电影公共领域的萌芽和发展

      Liu, J. Jun 2015 In : Journal of Zhejiang Institute of Media & Communications. 22, 3, p. 33-39 7 p.

      Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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