Assistant Professor
Yu Hong

Yu Hong is an assistant professor in the School of Communication at USC Annenberg. She got her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include ICTs and development, political economy of global communication, China's information and communications industry, and information labor. Her first book, Labor, Class Formation, and China's Informationized Policy of Economic Development (Lexington Books, 2011), explores China's evolving class relations in the ICT sector as China has become a global ICT manufacturing powerhouse. Her peer-reviewed articles appeared in the International Journal of Communication,Javnost-The Public, Chinese Journal of Communication, and Work, Organisation, Labour & Globalization. Currently, she is writing a second book (under contract with the University of Illinois Press) about China's communication-based economic restructuring.


Yu Hong (2014), "Between Corporate Development and Public Service: The Cultural System Reform in the Chinese Media Sector," Media, Culture & Society, Volume 36, Issue 5, pp. 610-627.

Yu Hong (2013), "Repurposing Telecoms for Capital in China: System Development and Inequality," Asian Survey, Vol. 5, Number 2, pp. 319-347.

Yu Hong, François Bar, Zheng An (2012), “Chinese telecommunications on the threshold of convergence: Contexts, possibilities, and limitations of forging a domestic demand-based growth model,” Telecommunications Policy 36, Issue 10-11, pp. 914-928.

Yu Hong (2011). Labor, Class Formation and China’s Informationized Policy of Economic Development. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Yu Hong & Wei Wang (In Press), "Embracing Communication: Labor in China's Post-2008 Economic Restructuring Strategy," The Routledge Companion to Labor and Media, edited by Richard Maxwell.

Yu Hong (2011), “Reading the Twelfth Five-Year Plan: China’s Communication-Driven Mode of Economic Restructuring,” International Journal of Communication (5) 2011, 1-20.

Yu Hong (2010), “Will Chinese ICT Workers Unite?—New Signs of Change in the Aftermath of the Global Economic Crisis,” in Getting the Message: Communications Workers and Global Value Chains, a special issue of Work Organization, Labour and Globalisation, edited by Catherine McKercher, Vincent Mosco and Ursula Huws, Vol. 4 (2), pp. 60-82.

Yu Hong (2010), “The Politics of Socialist Harmonious Society in the Aftermath of Neoliberalism,” in Chinese Journal of Communication, Vol. 3 (3), pp. 311-328.

Yu Hong (2008), "Distinctive Characteristics of China’s Path of ICT Development—A Critical Analysis of Chinese Developmental Strategies in Light of the Eastern Asian Model,”International Journal of Communication, 2 (2008): 456-471,

Yu Hong (2008), “Information Society with Chinese Characteristics—Discursive Construction of the Neo-industrialization Strategy in the People’s Daily,” Javnost-The Public, Vol.15 (2008), No. 3, pp. 23-38,