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Elaine Yuan, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies



Building & Room:

1148B BSB


1007 W Harrison Street

Office Phone:

(312) 996-3187


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Elaine Yuan’s research focuses on how new and emerging forms of communication mediate various social institutions and cultural practices. She has researched extensively on questions regarding network communication, social media, digital infrastructure, and cultural processes of change. Her recent book, The Web of Meaning: The Internet in a changing Chinese society (University of Toronto Press, 2021), examines the role of the Internet as symbolic spaces for the changing cultural practices of privacy, nationalism, and the network market in China. The research for the book was funded by U.S. Social Science Research Council, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, UIC Institute for Public Civic Engagement, and UIC Institute for the Humanities. Her current project on the impact of disinformation on the political mobilization of the Chinese immigrant community in the US is funded by UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy.

Elaine’s work has appeared in many leading journals in the field of communication including Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, Information, Communication, & Society, Journal of Electronic and Broadcasting Media, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and Journalism Studies. She was a research affiliate at the Data Mining Lab at the City University of Hong Kong in 2007-2012, a visiting fellow in the Media and Communications Department at the London School of Economic and Political Science in 2015, and a visiting scholar in the Communication Department and the Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen in 2019 and 2021. Elaine teaches in the areas of culture and communication, new media technology, and communication history and theory.


PhD, Northwestern University; Communication