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Yu Hong
Assistant Professor


Communication Management Program
Communication Ph.D Program

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ICT and Development; Chinese Information and Communication Industries; Public Policy; Global Digital Economy; Political Economy of the Internet

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 areas include ICTs and development, political economy of global communication, China's information and communications industry, information labor, and information society theories.

Her first book, Labor, Class Formation, and China's Informationized Policy of Economic Development (2011), explores China's evolving class relations in the ICT sector as China has become a global ICT manufacturing powerhouse. Recognizing information and communications technology (ICT) as the most dynamic industrial sector and China as a global manufacturing powerhouse, this book scrutinizes the connections between domestic class relations and encompassing political-economic changes. 

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Her peer-reviewed articles appeared in Global Media and Communication; Media, Culture & Society; Asian Survey; Telecommunications Policy; International Journal of Communication; Javnost-The Public; Chinese Journal of Communication; and Work, Organisation, Labour & Globalization. She also published in a variety of edited volumes including Global Media Giants (2016), The Routledge Companion to Labor and Media (2015), and Chinese Media (Routledge, 2013). 

She is completing a second book titled Networking the Nation: Communication and Economic Restructuring in China (under contract with the University of Illinois Press).This book shows how communications, accross its entire range from telecommunications to broadband and from wireless networks to digital media, are becoming a state-designated growth engine intended to rejuvenate China's political economy out of  the stagnation that has afflicted the entire global capitalist sytem with which China is deeply integrated. This book also delineates some of the well-entrenched constraints that accompany, limit, and even hinder this networking-for-economic restructuring program. 

Course Titles

COMM560 Critical Approaches to Global Media and Communication 

CMGT 580 Chinese Media and Society

COMM414 Communication and Social Change in China