Cao Jin is a Professor in the Journalism School, Fudan University and Associate Director of the Center for International Publishing Studies. She was a Visiting Scholar at Yale University in 2005. Professor Cao’s expertise is in critical communication theory and media sociology. In the past eight years, she has conducted fieldwork and gathered first hand materials on the situation of the underground media in Mainland China. She has also explored how marginalized or minority groups use the media to participate and mobilize social movements such as the AIDS Prevention Campaign, thereby capturing the development of grassroots classes. Her major publications include the book Media and Gender Studies: Theories and Cases, and a series articles including “The Production of an Alternative Media in Mainland China--A Case Study of the Journal Friend Exchange” (in Communication and Society), “A Case Study of the Lesbian Health Hotline in a Peripheral Chinese City” and “The Copyright Trade in Post-Colonial Context: A Case Study in a Science and Technology Publishing House in Shanghai". She is also co-editor-in-chief (with Zhao Yuezhi) of the English-book The Political Economy of Communication: A Reader.
- Tsinghua University
Zeng Fanxu is Associate Professor at the School of Journalism & Communication, Tsinghua University. Previously, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism, Sun Yat-Sen University (Zhongshan University). Prior to that, Dr. Zeng was a journalist for the South Newspaper Group in Guangzhou for several years. His research concentrates on media and grassroots politics in China, especially NGO media strategy and civil society development, media and popular contentions, as well as media and public policy change. While at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, he focused on a study about the relationship between the media and the rising urban contentions in China under the supervision of Professor Elizabeth J. Perry.