Cao Jin


Field of Study

Years of Stay at HYI

Jan 2016 to Jun 2016

Sep 2009 to Aug 2010

University Affiliation (Current)

University Affiliation

CAO Jin is Professor of Journalism at Fudan University and Director of the Fudan Center for International Publishing Studies. She was a Visiting Scholar at Yale University in 2005, a Harvard-Yenching Institute Visiting Scholar in 2009-2010, and is currently a Fulbright and BBRG Scholar. She has been invited by UC Berkeley,  UCSB, the Harvard-Yenching Institute and the University of Pennsylvania to give lectures in 2015-2016, and took part in the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Asilomar Conference in November 2015. She specializes in critical communication theory, the political economy of communication, and gender studies. Her major publications include the book Media and Gender Studies: Theories and Cases (in Chinese), which applies theories from the West to the social, political, and cultural context of contemporary China. She is also co-editor-in-chief (with Prof. Vincent Mosco & Leslie Regan Shade) of the edited volume (in English), Critical Studies in Communication and Society. In the past ten years, her research not only has focused on knowledge labor and new term online analysis, but also has benefited immensely from Western theories on gender, sexuality and alternative media, and on NGOs and civil society. These materials have helped her to frame her in-depth study of Chinese grassroots communities, grassroots NGOs and the “Tongzhi ”movement, which has emerged gradually since the end of the 1980s. From 2009 to 2010 she was based at Harvard as a Harvard-Yenching Institute Visiting Scholar and participated in Professor Bradley Epps’ course on Queer Theory. They later co-taught a program on Media and Gender Studies which was supported by HYI in 2011 at Fudan University. 

Her work in this area has been published in one of the leading academic journals in gender studies,  Signs: Journal of Women in Culture & Society, as the article (with Xinlei Lu) “A Preliminary Exploration of the Gay Movement in Mainland China: Legacy, Opportunity, and the New Media” (Summer 2014, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p840-848). In her role as co-chair with Prof. Graham Murdock and Prof. Vincent Mosco of the Academic Camp on New Media and Justice Communication in the Information Society, currently in its third and fourth years with an enrollment of over one hundred post-graduate students and junior faculty from across China,  she introduces sessions based on research and current debates in the U.S. and China.

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