I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Richmond. From 2021 to 2023, I am a Public Intellectuals Program (PIP) Fellow with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Previously, I was an assistant professor of political science and Asian studies at Elizabethtown College. From July to September 2018, I was a visiting fellow at the China Studies Centre, the University of Sydney.
My research examines the versatile role of the news media in authoritarian politics and governance. Focusing on China, I study how local media participate in governance and how state rhetoric and performance shape public opinion. Recently, I have been focused on political expressions in Chinese popular culture. My work has been published in Public Performance & Management Review, Critical Discourse Studies, Journal of Experimental Political Science, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Political Research Quarterly, The China Quarterly, Modern China, Journal of East Asian Studies, and Journal of Contemporary China.
I earned my PhD in Political Science from the University of Kansas, MA in Political Science from Marquette University, and BA in International Politics from the University of International Relations in Beijing.
Contact me at dchen *at* richmond.edu.
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