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Prof. Xigen LI
Professor / Head
Dr Stella CHIA
Associate Prof. / Associate Head
Prof. Jonathan ZHU
Chair Professor
Dr Zhou HE
Associate Professor
Dr Li Crystal JIANG
Associate Professor
Dr Tetsuro KOBAYASHI
Associate Professor
Dr Fen LIN
Associate Professor
Dr Wan-Ying LIN
Associate Professor
Dr Marko SKORIC
Associate Professor
Dr Chris Fei SHEN
Associate Professor
Dr Yue (Nancy) DAI
Assistant Professor
Dr Guanxiong HUANG
Assistant Professor
Dr Ki Joon KIM
Assistant Professor
Dr Limin LIANG
Assistant Professor
Dr Xiaofan LIU
Assistant Professor
Dr Yuan WANG
Assistant Professor
Mr Sing Lai Sunny CHAN
Instructor
Ms Sonia YEUNG
Instructor/Departmental Internship Coordinator

Dr Fen LIN 林芬

BA (Peking University), MS & PhD (University of Chicago, US)

Associate Professor

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Contact Information

Office: M5086
Phone: +(852) 3442 8691
Fax: +(852) 3442 0228
Email: fenlin@cityu.edu.hk
Website: www.j-lin.net
Personal CV: Personal CV
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Research Interests

  • Sociology of Media
  • Journalism
  • Political Sociology
  • Social and Culture Change
  • Political Communication
  • Social Movement and Collective Action
  • China

Teaching Areas

  • Med & Con:Fd & Fash in Ey Life (GE2225)
  • Commn Research Methods (COM2103)
  • Visual Communication (COM 2105)

Research Grants

  • General Research Fund, Project#11608717, Principal Investigator, “Constructing social justice: The evolving media–court relation and media trials in China,” 260,264 HKD. 01/01/2018 – 30/06/2021. (On-going)
  • General Research Fund, Project#11672616, Principal Investigator, “The Chinese Reputation: A Community Approach on Defamation Litigation in China,” 514,000 HKD. 01/06/2017 – 31/05/2020. (On-going)
  • General Research Fund, Project#11406014, Principal Investigator, “The Losing Media? An Empirical Study on the Media-related Litigation,” 566,666 HKD. 01/01/2015 – 30/06/2017. (Completed)
  • China’s National Social Science Fund, Project#14CSH033, Co-Investigator, “Collective Actions in the Internet Era”, 200,000 RMB. 01/07/2014 – 31/12/2017. (On-going)
  • Horizon Research Grant, Project#9231119, Principal Investigator, “Collective Identity and Media Strategies: The Framing Contest in a Student Movement in Hong Kong,” 60,000 HKD. 01/10/2013 –31/09/2015. (Completed)
  • City University of Hong Kong Strategic Research Fund, Project#7004511, Principal Investigator, “Cultural Omnivorousness and Globalization,” 100,000 HKD. 01/09/2015 – 31/08/2016. (Completed)
  • City University of Hong Kong Research Grant Writing Fund, Project#9610309, Principal Investigator, “Are You What You Eat? Cultural Consumption, Social Network and the Global Taste Map,” 299,565 HKD. 01/06/2014 – 31/08/2015. (Completed)
  • City University of Hong Kong Media and Communication Department Research Fund, Project#9610306. Principal Investigator, “Collective Identity and Media Framing in a Student Movement in Hong Kong,” 100,000 HKD. 01/10/2013 – 31/10/2015. (Completed)
  • City University of Hong Kong Strategic Research Grant, Project#7008169, Principal Investigator, “The Anti-CNN Movement: Nationalism, New Media and Chinese Generation Y”, 179,568 HKD. 01/05/2012 – 31/07/2014. (Completed)
  • City University College Research Fund, Project# 9610187, “Media and Chinese Nationalism: A Case Study on the Anti-CNN Movement”, 60,000 HKD. 01/04/2011 – 31/03/2013. (Completed)
  • City University College Research Fund, Project #9610154, “Individual Innovativeness and Social Network,” 60,000 HKD. 01/04/2010 – 30/04/2011. (Completed)
  • City University College Research Fund, Project #9610137, “Information and Cognitive Processes in Art Appreciation”, 60,000 HKD. 01/05/2009 – 01/06/2010. (Completed)
  • City University of Hong Kong Start-up Grant, Project#7200139, Principal Investigator, “Flow of Information in Conventional and Web Media in China: Political Impact of New Media”, 99,992 HKD. 01/04/2009 – 30/06/2010. (Completed)

Awards

  • 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

Publications

  • Lin, F. and X. Zhang. (2018). Movement-press dynamics and news diffusion: A typology of activism in digital China." The China Review.
  • 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.
  • Lin, F. (2018). “Moon over the Eastern Hill: Constructing the Han Chinese Imagination of Modern Tibet”. Journal of Popular Culture. 51(3):674-692. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpcu.12691
  • 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: https://doi.org/10.1177/0276237417719637
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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., & Lin, F. (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. L., Lee, C. C., Yao, M. Z., Chang, T. K., Lin, F. J., & Shen, C. F. (2013). Communication, public opinion, and globalization in urban China (Vol. 18). Routledge.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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, F., & D. Zhao. (2008). Lack of hegemony: dynamics between news media and social movement in China. Communication & Society. 6:93-119.
  • 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.

Conference papers

  • Lin, S., & F, Lin. (14/08/2016). “Why Framing National Identities Fails: A Case Study of the Anti-Moral and National Education Movement in Hong Kong,” American Sociological Association annual meeting, Montreal, Canada
  • Lin, F., & S, Lin. (13/08/2016). “Being Chinese? National Identity and Student Movements in Hong Kong” American Sociological Association annual meeting, Montreal, Canada
  • Lin, F. (29/05/2017). “Constructing Justice in Media Trials: An Analytical Typology of Social Justice in China”. International Communication Association annual meeting, San Diego, United States.
  • Lin, F. (29/05/2017). “Moving beyond Nimbyism?” International Communication Association annual meeting, San Diego, United States.
  • Lin, F. (29/05/2017). “Searching Tsangyang Gyasto” International Communication Association annual meeting, San Diego, United States.
  • Lin. F. (20/08/2016). “The Losing Media? An Empirical Study of Defamation Litigation in
    China,” The Judicial Reform in China Conference, Centre for Chinese and Comparative
    Law, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Lin. F. (20/07/2016). “From Social Movements to Party Politics: A Case of Hong Kong,” The
    Political Sociology Annual Workshop, University of Chicago and Renmin University,
    Beijing, China.
  • Lin. F. (13/06/2016). “The Losing Media? An Empirical Study of Defamation Litigation in
    China,” The International Communication Association Annual Meeting, Fukuoka, Japan.
  • Lin. F. (05/12/2015). “From the Uncles of Victoria Park to the Net-Gen Square People: National
    Identity and Student Movements in Hong Kong”. The Political Communication and
    Social Development Forum, the 2nd annual meeting. Beijing, China.
  • Lin. F. (27/11/2015). “Collective Identity and Student Activism in Hong Kong and Mainland
    China”. College of Mass Communication, Shenzhen University.
  • Lin. F. (11/10/2015) “When the Media Enter the Court: An Alternative Perspective of Media
    Ecology”. The Young Scholars’ Communication Forum in South China, 2nd annual
    meeting, Guangzhou.
  • Lin. F. (10/10/2015). “Revisit the Power: The State-Media Relation in China”. School of
    Communication and Design. Sun Yat-Sen University
  • Lin. F. (11/03/2015). “Tara and Chinese Imagination on Tibet”. Invited guest lecturer for the course Sociology of Religion, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago.
  • Lin. F. (01/10/2014). “Who are the critical mass in online activism? A Case Study on the Role of Political Identity in Connected Actions in China. ”International Communication Association, regional meeting, Brisbane, Australia. October 01-03, 2014
  • Lin. F. and D. Zhao. (18/06/2013). "Bring schemata of interpretations back: the structured framing process the Anti-CNN movement." International Communication Association, annual meeting, London, United Kingdom. June 17-21, 2013
  • 2011 International Association for Media and Communication Research, Istanbul, Turkey
  • “The State--‐Intellectuals Relationship and Collective Actions: Three Case Studies in China”
  • “Gendered Conception of Globalization and Media Use in Greater China”
  • American Sociological Association, Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, United States
  • “Diffusion of News after the Spillover: The Bureaucratic Nature of News Websites and Online Activism in China”
  • 2010 International Sociological Association, Annual Meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • “Hierarchical attitudes and communication mechanisms – The micro-translation of globalization in China”
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research, Braga, Portugal
  • “Information and cognitive process in art appreciation”
  • “Online activism, framing strategy and media representation – the green dam youth escort software incident in China"
  • “Hierarchical attitudes and communication mechanisms – the micro-translation of globalization in China”
  • 2009 International Communication Association, Annual Meeting. Chicago
    “Turning Gray – the Transition of Political Communication in China”

Invited Book Reviews

  • Book Review: Jonathan Hassid, China’s Unruly Journalists: How Committed Professionals Are Changing the People’s Republic. The China Journal, (forthcoming)
  • Book review: Fanxu Zeng, 媒体作为调停人:公民行动与公共协商 [Media as mediators: Citizen activism and public deliberation] Communication and the Public 2(1): 107-108