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Search: Communication and Media Production
Candidate: Min Tang
Bio: Min Tang received a BA in Broadcast and Television Journalism from Fudan University in 2010, an MSc in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and an MA in Global Communication from the University of Southern California in 2012, and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (expected 2017). She has acted as instructor of record (Introduction to Communication Theory and Research) and teaching assistant (Sexual Communication, Media Money and Power, Introduction to Communication Theory and Research) at UIUC, and worked to develop her pedagogical skills through professional development certificates (Graduate Teacher Certificate, Teacher Scholar Certificate) from UIUC’s Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. For the past two years, she has made the UIUC Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning’s “List of Teachers’ Ranked as Excellent by Their Students,” awarded to teaching assistants receiving the top 10% of scores in the university. Tang’s research takes a political economy approach to media industries. Her work takes place at both individual and structural scales. Her MA thesis work explored the identity struggles of Chinese journalists caught in the transition between the party-state media systems and neoliberal/commercial reforms. Her current work explores how information communication technology (ICT) industries are emerging as sites of capitalist reproduction, with a particular focus on China’s Internet Industry. Her dissertation, Tencent as a Nexus: The Political Economy of China’s Internet Industry 1998-2016, examines issues of ownership and control, business and organizational strategy, and relations between capital and state power through a study of the internet company Tencent. Future projects seek to extend her research to ICT industries in other BRIC nations. Apart from her scholarly work, Tang brings both her own background as a journalist in China, and her expertise in new media/internet industries, to integrate media production in her classrooms.