Yizhou (Joe) Xu is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Old Dominion University. His research looks at the globalization of the Chinese tech industry particularly at the intersections of state policy, labor practices, and digital platforms. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Michigan’s Digital Studies Institute, and obtained his PhD in Media & Cultural Studies from the Department of Communication Arts at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Dr. Xu has published in academic journals such as Social Media + Society, Journal of Cultural Economy, and Communication and the Public. He received his PhD in Media & Cultural Studies at UW–Madison’s Department of Communication Arts. Prior to academia, he was a documentarian and broadcast journalist based in Beijing working for new agencies including CBS News, NPR, and Swiss TV. His documentaries have been broadcasted in Europe and distributed globally on Amazon Prime.


PhD. Media & Cultural Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2022

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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