I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, University of California, Davis. I am also Vice Chair of the Computational Methods Division of International Communication Association.
My research and teaching interests revolve around the social and psychological impacts of various social media and virtual worlds. These sites include social networking websites (such as Facebook), Massively Multiplayer Online Games (such as EverQuest II and EVE Online), and other online communities designed for collaborative peer production, social support and entertainment. I received my Ph.D. in 2010 from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California. Before coming to Annenberg, I earned my BA in English at Zhejiang University and my MA in Communication and New Media at National University of Singapore. Originally I come from Suzhou, a beautiful city in southeast China.