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CGCS's visiting scholars program provides opportunities for PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and young faculty members to further their academic careers and participate in the intellectual life of the Annenberg School. If you are interested in contacting one of our current visiting scholars, or are interested in visiting CGCS, please contact us.

CGCS Visiting Scholars Program 2014/2015

The Center for Global Communication Studies visiting scholars program provides opportunities for international PhD students, researchers and young faculty members to further their academic careers and participate in the intellectual life of the Annenberg School.

Our program offers visiting scholars dedicated time to focus on their own research, but also the chance to interact with the Annenberg and Penn communities, all while spending time in historic Philadelphia.   

Scholars are expected to engage with Annenberg faculty and students, attend events and colloquia at the Annenberg School (and classes if they so desire), present their research at a small lunchtime discussion with faculty and students, and produce a short research paper as a result of their stay. 

All applicants should have excellent English skills by the time of their stay.

Final deadlines for applying are as listed below, however visiting scholar applications are reviewed as they are received. The earlier an application is submitted, the sooner an applicant can be accepted to the program.

Application Deadlines:
For a stay beginning in the Spring 2015 semester: April 1, 2014

Please Click Here to Apply Online

Applications will not be accepted by email.

If you are interested in applying to the visiting scholars program for 2015, please visit or email for more information. We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2015 semester.

2013-2014 Visiting Scholars

Anne Kaun

Dr Anne Kaun is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department for Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University, Stockholm. Being interested in the relationship between crisis and social critique, her current project concerns historical forms of media participation that emerged in the context of moments of crisis. Furthermore she is working in a collaborative project on European Narratives. She has previously published in peer-reviewed journals such as Participation; Communications – The European Journal of Communication Research; Information, Communication and Society and the International Journal of Qualitative Methods. In 2013 Anne has published the book Being a Young Citizen in Estonia - An Exploration of Young People's Civic and Media Experiences. Anne is board member of European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), vice-chair of ECREA’s Young Scholars Network as well as student board member of the International Communication Association (ICA). 

A full profile can be found here.

Dan Ji


Dr. Dan Ji is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Arts and Humanities, Shanghai Jiaotong University. She is also a Senior Researcher of the Research Center for New Media and Society in Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Dan Ji's expertise spans a broad range of issues relating to media economics, crisis communication and culture industry. Recurrent themes in her research include public opinion and public response to crises, crisis management in times of social media.

She received a Ph.D. in economics from the School of Management at Fudan University of China.


Adriana Mutu

Adriana Mutu is research fellow and Ph.D candidate in Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona UAB, Spain. She studied Journalism and Communication Sciences at the University Alexandru Ioan Cuza of Iasi, Romania (BA, MA) and at the University of Lleida, Spain (Erasmus, MA). Her research interests deal with Media Policy and Regulation, Compa­rative Media Studies and Comparative Politics. Her Ph.D project explores systematically the relation between media systems and poli­tical systems, focusing on the institutional aspects of broadcasting regulation in Europe.

Adriana is currently working within the research group Political Elites and Parties (GREP), Department of Political Science and Public Law, Autonomous University of Barcelona. In 2013 (September - December) she was a Visiting Research Fellow in Media and Communication Studies, Department of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, working within the research group Facing the Coordination Challenge: Problems, Policies and Politics in Media and Communications Regulation.


Suruchi Mazumdar

Suruchi Mazumdar is a doctoral candidate at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She is interested in the intersection of media, politics and markets in media systems undergoing neoliberal transformations. Through a case study of news coverage of anti-industrialisation rural protests in east Indian city of Kolkata, her doctoral thesis interrogates how partisanship of commercially-run news media connects to forms of democratic communication in fragmented markets.

Suruchi has worked as a researcher on a UNESCO-supported project that assessed the state of press freedom and accountability systems in ten Southeast Asian countries. She has also researched on the globalisation of film industries and has a book chapter in Routledge-published Bollywood and Globalization The global power of popular Hindi cinema. She is currently an editorial assistant and regular author with Media Asia, a quarterly magazine and an important platform for exchange of ideas on information and communication in the Asia-Pacific region. Suruchi has a masters in Mass Communication from Nanyang Technological University. Prior to her graduate studies in Singapore, she worked as a journalist in India with national dailies like The Indian Express and Hindustan Times.    

Valentín Thury Cornejo

Dr. Valentín Thury Cornejo is a Researcher at the Argentine National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). He also teaches Constitutional Law at Austral University and Argentine Catholic University, both of them at Buenos Aires, Argentina.

His main research interest is how the constitutional principle of Freedom of Expression works in the new communication environment, mainly regarding the organization of media markets, the regulation of the press and the right to privacy of citizens.

He holds a Doctorate in Law from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and an M.As in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Zhao Luping


Luping Zhao is an Associate Professor at the Communication School, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China and an Associate Research Professor in Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

Dr. Zhao’s research interests include crisis communication, public opinion, new media and the psychology of communication. In recent years, her research focused on online public opinion in crisis communication. During her time as a visiting scholar at Annenberg, she will engage in research on new media and crisis communication.

Luping Zhao holds a BA in Journalism and a PhD in Communication from the Journalism School, Fudan Universtiy.

Rui He


Rui He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Media Economics at the School of Journalism and Communication, Renmin University of China, in Beijing, China. Her interests include public opinion, social media, and health communication. She is a research member for the Public Opinion Research Center at Renmin University of China, and co-author of the China Social Development Annual Report (published annually by the center). She is also a member of China- Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) program.


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Cao Yiping


Cao Yiping is a vice Professor at the literature School, Southwest University, Chongqing, China.

Dr. Cao’s research interests include media policy and movie industry. In recent years, his research focused on innovation of China’s movie censorship. The project is funded by Chinese Social fund. During his time as a visiting scholar at Annenberg, he will engage in research on the project and make progress in movie industry study.

In May, 2012 Cao Yiping published the book From Scissorhands to Night Watchman: the Decayed History of American movie censorship. In July, 2012, he published the book 10 happiness curriculums about watching movies. Cao Yiping has translated two american books, Get the Picture?: The Movie Lover's Guide to Watching Films and Filmmakers And Financing——Business Plans for Independents. 

Fan Boyang


Boyang Fan is a Ph.D Candidate at the School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University. She is also a Assistant Researcher at New Media Research Laboratory, Centre for Creative Industries Studies at Peking University. She obtained her MA from the School of Journalism and Communication,Tsinghua University.

Boyang is interested in new media and society, specifically online activism on Chinese Microblogs and new media strategies of NGOs. She led "Peking University New Media" on Sina Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, which has 270,000 followers.



Zheng Yixin


Zheng Yixin is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of     Journalism and Communication,Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She received a B.A. in history from Renmin University of China.

Zheng Yixin’s research interests include the social function of new media, as well as the impacts of new media on people’s daily lives and communication behaviors. Her most recent research focuses on public opinion in the digital age, and online expression and participation of Chinese Internet users.







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