Dr Jian Xu is a Lecturer in Communication in the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University, Australia. He has a PhD in Media and Communications from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He was a Research Fellow in Media at Deakin University, Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney, and a joint Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Communication Studies and the Centre for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
He researches Chinese media and communication with a particular focus on the politics and sociology of digital media in China. His research interests include online activism, Internet governance, digitally-enabled state-society interaction and networked authoritarianism. He is the author of Media Events in Web 2.0 China: Interventions of Online Activism (Sussex Academic Press, 2016) and co-editor of Chinese Social Media: Social, Cultural and Political Implications (Routledge, 2018). He has widely published peer-reviewed journal articles and scholarly book chapters in new media studies, China studies and Asian studies.