Qian WangDr. Qian Wang

Assistant Professor, English/Communications


About Me

Whether journalism is history’s first draft or organized gossip, it is something that I have preserved and pursued more than a decade. It excites me some times while disappoints me at other times. With the thriving of new technologies and Internet-based communication tools, there is no doubt that traditional media become old-fashioned to this digital world. I am amazed at how fast traditional journalism has faded away. However, the essence of journalism—timely reporting of objective facts to the public—still serves as the foundation of any kind of communication nowadays. The fact that traditional media do not fit the container of this digital world should not freak people out. What really matters is what new media have brought about to our society, how traditional media transform to survive, and in what ways new technologies can help to achieve better communication in society, be it organizational, interpersonal, or intercultural communication. These are also the questions I am interested in and would like to research as a scholar of journalism and mass communication.

Research/Creative Interests

My research interests include social media, media roles and effects, race, gender & media, as well as international/intercultural communication. I am also interested in media coverage of climate change and how organizations utilize the media to facilitate communication within and outside. My research utilizes both quantitative and qualitative research methods. I am proficient with various statistical analysis software and interested in applying theories and statistical techniques of other fields in communication research. My research has won Top Paper Awards from leading academic associations in communication including the Association for the Education of Journalism and Mass Communication Association (AEJMC), and the National Communication Association (NCA).


Wang, Q. (2016). A network agenda-setting study: Opinion leaders in crisis and non-crisis news on Weibo. Global Media and China, 1(3), 208-233.

Lee, S., & Wang, Q. (2016). A comparative investigation into press–state relations: Comparing source structures in three news agencies’ coverage of the North Korean missile crisis. International Journal of Communication, 10, 1907-1928.

Guo, L., Chen, Y. N. K., Vu, H., Wang, Q., Aksamit, R., Guzek, D., & McCombs, M. (2015). Coverage of the Iraq War in the United States, Mainland China, Taiwan and Poland: A transnational network agenda-setting study. Journalism Studies, 16(3), 343-362.

Contact Information

Office: Mark Hopkins 103B




Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 2016

M.Sc., University of Florida, 2010

B.S., Renmin University of China, 2007


Course Taught

ENGL 150: College Writing II, Fall 2018

ENGL 239: Writin & Reporting the News I, Fall 2018

ENGL 321: News Editing Practicum, Fall 2018