Prof. SHEN Fei (沈菲)

BA (Tongji University), MPhil (Hong Kong Baptist University), PhD (Ohio State University, US)

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Phone: +852 34425965

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Dr. Fei Shen ('Chris') is a keen observer of the social and political impacts of new media technologies. His empirical work examines how people make use of new media technologies in different settings and how the internet helps reshape people's behavior and redistribute power in societies, in particular, in authoritarian regimes. He wrote extensively on the topic of the internet and China: online political discussions, opinion climate in the cyberspace, the Great Firewall, censorship patterns of news portal sites, circumvention tools use, and ordinary citizen running social media campaigns for local congress elections, etc. He has published articles in such journals as Communication Theory, Journal of Communication, Communication Research, the International Journal of Press/Politics, and International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Dr. Shen won the Google Faculty Research Award in 2014 and was a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University during 2015-2016. He is currently the associate editor of 'Communication Methods and Measures' - a methodology journal in the field of media and communication. For more information about the journal, see: 


  • COM 5401 Advertising Production and Management
  • COM 5405 Consumer Behavior Insight
  • COM 5104 Research Methods for Communication and New Media
  • COM 5506 Social Network Analysis for Communication
  • COM 8007 Multivariate Analysis in Communication Research                                 

Research Interests/Areas

  • Political Communication
  • Public Opinion
  • Internet Censorship and Freedom
  • Quantitative Methodology
  • Data Mining
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Sociology of News
  • Social Movements

Ongoing Projects

  • Digital Activism in Chinese Cyberspace
  • Media Credibility in China
  • Public Opinion toward Internet Governance in Asia


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