Communication ScienceUniversity of CologneEmail: zxu4 [at] uni-koeln.de
In 2023, I obtained my Ph.D. from the University of Cologne in Germany (jointly supervised with the University of East Anglia in the UK), where I concurrently served as a adjunct lecturer and research assistant in Media and Communication Science.
My primary research interests currently lie in crisis communication, computational journalism, and computational social science. Empirically, I focus on the politicization, platformization, datafication, and algorithmization of news practices in crises and conflicts (such as refugee crises, climate change, and geopolitical conflicts), and their societal impacts, including the proliferation of misinformation or disinformation, the emergence of data/technological colonialism, and the rise of neoliberalism in public decision-making. Methodologically, I explore the application of mathematical modeling and complex networks in empirical research in journalism and communication studies, particularly utilizing Bayesian statistics, machine learning, and network science to optimize news framing analysis methods. My work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the International Journal of Communication, International Communication Gazette, Media Culture & Society, Journalism, and the European Journal of Communication.
I have presented at over 10 international conferences including the International Communication Association (ICA), the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), and the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). Furthermore, I have participated in research methodology training programs such as the Munich Summer Institute for Computational Social Science (SICSS), the Data and Simulation Science Center at the University of Cologne, the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute, and the Computational Communication Research Lab at the University of California, Davis.
In terms of academic service, I serve as a reviewer for several journals including Journalism Practice, as well as for organizations such as ECREA, the Czech Science Foundation (GACR), and the United Nations Migration Network. Additionally, I am a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), ICA, IAMCR, ECREA, IMISCOE, and the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR).