Bei Yan is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. She is interested in studying collaboration and influence processes of human groups, with a particular focus on online peer production and crowdsourcing. The core question that underlies her research is how collective intelligence and structures emerge in groups through computer-mediated communication. Bei’s work lies at the intersection of communication, social psychology and human-computer interaction. She specializes in online behavioral experiments and computational methods including social network analysis and tools to collect and mine behavioral data of online groups. Before starting PhD research, Bei received her double master’s degrees in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and the University of Southern California. She graduated from Renmin University of China with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.