Lichen’s research interests lie at the intersection of social network analysis, global creative industries and organizational communication. Her recent research focuses on the strategies Chinese media companies adopt to enter the global media system, with special attention paid to a series of mergers and acquisitions that have recently taken place, as well as the inter-firm media production network these companies seek to form internationally. She has presented her work at the annual conferences of the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association, and has co-authored an article in the American Journal of Health Promotion.  

Prior to joining Annenberg, she received her B.A. in Journalism from Wuhan University and her M.A. from the Radio, Television and Film department at UT Austin, where she also completed a minor in Applied Statistical Modelling. She has experience working with various Chinese media production companies, including Zhejiang Television and Film Carnival.