Yizhou (Joe) Xu is a PhD Student in Media & Cultural Studies at UW–Madison’s Department of Communication Arts. His research interest deals with the mobile tech industry in China, particularly at the intersections of platforms, labor and state policy. Prior to the UW–Madison, Joe was a documentarian and broadcast journalist based in Beijing working for new agencies including CBS News, NPR, and Swiss TV.


M.A. Media & Cultural Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2017

B.A. History, Bucknell University, 2010

Other Publications

Xu, Y. & Morris, J. (2021). App Radio: The Reconfiguration of Audible Publics in China through Ximalaya.FM. Yang G. & Wang, W., ed. Engaging Social Media in China: Platforms, Publics, and Production. Michigan State University Press.

Xu, Y. (2018). Programmatic Dreams: Technographic Inquiry into the Censorship of Chinese Chatbots. Social Media + Society. Sage, UK https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305118808780

Xu, Y. (2016). The Postmodern Aesthetics of Chinese Online Comment Cultures. Communication and the Public. Sage, UK http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2057047316677839

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