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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 relations. She has researched extensively on the subjects of network and mobile communication, social media, digital infrastructure, and cultural processes of change. Her recent book, the Web of Meaning: the Internet in a changing Chinese society,  examines the role of the Internet as symbolic fields for the reproduction of the cultural practices of privacy, nationalism, and the network market in China.

Elaine’s research is international in scope. She is a research affiliate at the Data Mining Lab at the City University of Hong Kong. She was 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.

Elaine’s work has appeared in many leading journals in the field of communication such as Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, Information, Communication, & Society, Journal of Electronic and Broadcasting Media, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and Journalism Studies. Her research projects have been supported by the U.S. Social Science Research Council, the U.S. 21st Century Institute, the UIC Institute of Public Civic Engagement, and the UIC Institute for the Humanities.


PhD, Northwestern University; Communication