Prof. LIN Fen (林芬)

Ph.D - Sociology (University of Chicago)

M.S. - Statistics  (University of Chicago)

B.A. - Economics (Peking University)

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34428691

Author IDs

Research Interests/Areas

  • Media Sociology
  • State-media Dynamics
  • Journalism
  • Social Movements and Collective Actions
  • Professionalization and International Communication
  • Politial Sociology
  • China


  • Media and Society
  • Communication Research Methods
  • Visual Communication
  • Media and Consumption
  • International Communication


  • Visiting Scholarship--Columbia University--2017-2018
  • Top Faculty Paper Award--International Communication Association--2016
  • William Rainey Harper and Social Science Visiting Committee Fellow--University of Chicago--2007-2008
  • Robert E. Park Lectureship Award--University of Chicago--2006-2007


  • Lin, F. and Y. Xie (2019). Moving beyond Nimbyism? Media-Movement Dynamics in Chinese NIMBY Movements. China: An International Journal. 
  • Lin, F. and X. Zhang. (2018). Movement-press dynamics and news diffusion: A typology of activism in digital China." The China Review.
  • Lin, F. (2018). “Moon over the Eastern Hill: Constructing the Han Chinese Imagination of Modern Tibet”. Journal of Popular Culture. 51(3):674-692.
  • Lin, F. (2017). “Digital intellectual property protection in China: Trends and damages in litigation involving the Big Five websites (2003–13)”. Asian Pacific Law Review. 25(2):149-169.
  • He, X and F. Lin. (2017). “The Losing Media? An Empirical Study of Defamation Litigation in China”. The China Quarterly. 230: 371-298
  • Lin, F. and M. Yao (2017). “The Impact of Accompanying Text on Visual Processing and Hedonic Evaluation of Art”. Empirical Studies of the Arts. DOI:
  • Lin, F., & Zhao, D. (2016). Social Movements as a Dialogic Process: Framing, Background Expectancies, and the Dynamics of the Anti-CNN Movement. Chinese Sociological Review, 48(3), 185-208.
  • Lin, F., Chang, T. K., & Zhang, X. (2015). After the spillover effect: news flows and power relations in Chinese mainstream media. Asian Journal of Communication, 25(3), 235-254.
  • Lin, F., Sun, Y., & Yang, H. (2015). How are Chinese Students Ideologically Divided? A Survey of Chinese College Students' Political Self-Identification. Pacific Affairs, 88(1), 51-74.
  • Chang, T. K., & F. Lin (2014). From propaganda to public diplomacy: Assessing China's international practice and its image, 1950–2009. Public Relations Review, 40(3), 450-458.
  • Lee, F., CC Lee, M. Yao, TK Zhang, F. Lin & C. Shen, (2013), Communication, Public Opinion, and Globalization in Urban China (Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Communication). London: Routledge
  • Lin, F. (2012). Information Differentiation, Commercialization and Legal Reform – The Rise of a Three-dimensional State-media Regime in China. Journalism Studies. Vol 13. No. 3.
  • Raudenbush, S. W., Martinez, A., Bloom, H., Zhu, P., & Lin, F. (2010). Studying the reliability of group-level measures with implications for statistical power: A six-step paradigm. University of Chicago Working Paper.
  • Lin, F. (2010). A survey report on Chinese journalists in China. The China Quarterly. 202: 421-434
  • Lin, F. (2010). Organizational construction or individual’s deed? -- The literati tradition in the journalistic professionalization in China, International Journal of Communication, 4: 175-197
  • Lin, T., D. Yarcia, & F. Lin. (2010). Income inequality in the People's Republic of China 1990–2005. In Poverty, Inequality, and Inclusive Growth in Asia: Measurement, Policy Issues, and Country Studies (Anthem Studies in Development and Globalization). Edited by J. Zhuang. London: Anthem Press 
  • Lin, T, C. Wang, Y. Chen, T. Camacho, & F. Lin. (2009). Green Benches: What can the People’s Republic of China Learn from International Experiences of Environment Courts? Asian Development Bank.
  • Howard, B., P. Zhu, J. Robin, S. Raudenbush, M. Andres, & F. Lin. (2008). Empirical issues in the design of group-randomized studies to measure the effects of interventions for children. MDRC Working Papers on Research Methodology. No. 483.
  • Raudenbush, S., M. Andres, B. Howard, P. Zhu, & F. Lin. (2008). An eight-step paradigm for studying the reliability of group-level measures”. William T. Grant Foundation, working report.
  • Raudenbush, S., M. Andres, B. Howard, P. Zhu & F. Lin. (2008). The reliability of group-level measures and the power of group-randomized studies. William T. Grant Foundation, working report.
  • Lin, T., J. Zhang, D. Yarcia & F. Lin (2008). Chinese income disparity: A diagnosis”. in Inclusive Growth toward a Harmonious Society in China. Edited by Justin Lin and Juzhong Zhuang. p213-232. Beijing :China Planning Press
  • Lin, T., J. Zhang, D. Yarcia & F. Lin (2008): Income inequality in the People's Republic of China and its decomposition: 1990–2004”. Asian Development Review. 25:119-136
  • Lin, F. (2006). Dancing beautifully but with hands cuffed? A historical review of journalism formation during media commercialization in China. Perspectives. 7(2): 79-98.
  • Salama, JK., R. Heimann, F. Lin, N. Mehta, SJ Chmura, R. Singh, & J. Kao (2005). Does the number of lymph nodes examined in node negative breast cancer have prognostic significance? Cancer. 103(4): 664-671.


  • 林芬(2018)<權力與信息悖論:研究中國媒體的國家視角>,《傳播與社會學刊》。(Lin, F. (2018). “Power and Information Paradox: A State Perspective on Studying Chinese Media". Communication & Society.
  • 林芬,林斯嫻 (2017)<香港青年的中国观:民族认同与香港学生运动>,《二十一世紀》,第164期。(Lin, F. and S. Lin (2017). “Chinese Identity among Hong Kong Youth: National Identity and Student Movements in Hong Kong. Twenty-First Century. 164.
  • 谢颖,林芬 (2016)<抗争性政治中的群体差异与资源借用: 中产抗争与农民抗争的个案比较>, 《社会学评论》,第四期:34-48. (Xie, Y. and F. Lin. (2016). “Weapons of the Middle Class: A Comparative Study of Collective Action in China”. Sociological Review of China.4(1):34-48)).
  • 林芬, 王鑫 (2016)<浅谈英文学术写作技巧:把作者的问题变成读者的问题>,《新闻记者》第12期(Lin, F. & X. Wang (2016). On English Academic Writing Skills: Turning Authors’ Questions into Readers’ Questions. The Journalist Monthly. 12)
  • 林芬,赵鼎新 (2008)<霸权文化缺失下的中国新闻和社会运动>, 《传播与社会学刊》6,93-119. (Lin, F., & D. Zhao. (2008). Lack of hegemony: dynamics between news media and social movement in China. Communication & Society, 6, 93-119)
  • 林暾,庄巨忠,达玛娅秀,林芬(2008)<1990-2004年中国收入差距与增长益贫性研究>,《以共享式增长促进社会和谐》。中国计划出版社。(Lin, T., J. Zhang, D. Yarcia & F. Lin (2008). Income Disparity and Poverty in China 1990-2004. In Inclusive Growth toward a Harmonious Society in China. Edited by Justin Lin and Juzhong Zhuang. Pp.213-232. Beijing: China Planning Press)