Ph.D. in Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, USA, July 2008. Dissertation title: Deliberation and the Disempowered: Access, Experience and Influence.
Master of Philosophy in Communication (Graduation with honors), School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, July 2003. Thesis title: Subaltern Public Spheres on the Internet: A Case Study of a Chinese Online Discussion Board.
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (Graduation with honors), Department of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing University, China, July 2001.
- Menon, S., Zhang, W. & Perrault, S. (2020). Nudge for Deliberativeness: How Interface Features Influence Online Discourses. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference Full Papers on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’20). Hawaii, United States.
- Zhang, W., Xi, Y., & Chen, A. (online first). Why do replies appear? A multi-level event history analysis of online policy discussions. New Media & Society.
- Perrault, S. & Zhang, W. (2019). Effects of Moderation and Opinion Heterogeneity on Attitude towards the Online Deliberation Process. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference Full Papers on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19), Glasgow, UK.
- Zhang, W. & Yang, T. (online first). The interaction between perceived procedural fairness and perceived disagreement in deliberation. Acta Politica.
- Zhang, W., & Soon, C (2017). The Main and Spillover Effects of Online Deliberation: Changes in opinions, informational media use and political activities. In Proceedings of CeDEM 2017, Danube University Krems, Austria.
- Zhang, W. (2016). Social media and elections in Singapore: comparing 2011 and 2015. Chinese Journal of Communication, 9(4), 367-384.
- Zhang, W. & Sabrina, M. Anthony. (2016). Alternative tweeting: A comparison of frames in Twitter’s political discourse and mainstream newspaper coverage on Singapore General Elections 2011. In M. Adria & Y. Mao (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Citizen Engagement and Public Participation in the Era of New Media. IGI Global.
- Zhang, W. & Pang, N. (2016). The Internet and social media. In Lee, T., & Tan, K. (Eds.), Change in voting: Singapore’s 2015 General Election. Singapore: Ethos Books.
- Zhang, W. (2015). Perceived procedural fairness in deliberation: Predictors and effects. Communication Research. 42(3), 345-364.
- Haciyakupoglu, G. & Zhang, W. (2015). Social media and trust during the Gezi Protests in Turkey. Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, 40(2), 250-266.
- Zhang, W. (2015). The disenfranchised and eDeliberation: Beyond access. In Coleman, S., Przybylska, A., & Sintomer, Y. (Eds.), Deliberation and Democracy: Innovative Processes and Institutions, pp. 57-82. Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang.
- Lu, X., Zhang, W., Przybylska, A, De Liddo, A., Convertino, G., Davies, T., & Klein, M. (2015). Design for Online Deliberative Processes and Technologies: Towards a Multidisciplinary Research Agenda. In Proceedings of CHI 2015 (Workshop), Seoul, South Korea.
- Menon, S. & Zhang, W. (2014). A value-based design approach for online deliberation. In M. M. Skoric, P. Parycek, & M. Sachs (Eds.), In Proceedings of CeDEM Asia 2014, pp.81-96. Hong Kong, China.
- Zhang, W. (2015). The silence of majority: Political talk during 2011 election time. In Tan, T. H., Mahizhnan, A., & Ang, P. H. (Eds.), Battle for hearts and minds: New media and elections in Singapore. pp.227-246. Singapore: World Scientific.
- Zhang, W. & Chang, L. (2014). Perceived Speech Conditions and Disagreement of Everyday Talk: A Proceduralist Perspective of Citizen Deliberation. Communication Theory, 24(2), 124-145.
- Zhang, W. (2014). 新科技对政治传播的影响 The influence of new technologies on political communication (中文 in Chinese). In J. Hong (Ed.), New trends in communication studies. pp.732-746. Beijing, China: Tsinghua University Press.
- Chang, L., Jacobson, T., & Zhang, W. (2013). A Communicative Action Approach to Evaluating Citizen Support for a Government’s Smoking Policies. Journal of Communication, 63(6), 1153-1174.
- Zhang, W. (2013). Redefining youth activism through digital technology in Singapore. International Communication Gazette, 75(3), 253-270. (Reprinted in Youth Culture and Activism in Southeast Asia. ISEAS, 2015)
- Zhang, W., Cao, X., & Trah, M. N. (2013). The structural features and the deliberative quality of online discussions. Telematics & Informatics, 30(2), 74-86.
- Zhang, W. (2012). The Effects of Political News Use, Political Discussion and Authoritarian Orientation on Political Participation: Evidences from Singapore and Taiwan. Asian Journal of Communication, 22(5): 474-492.
- Zhang, W. (2010). Technical capital and participatory inequality in eDeliberation: An actor-network analysis. Information, Communication & Society, 13(7), 1019-1039.
China and Internet
- Zhang, W., & Neyazi, T. A. (2020). Communication and technology theories from the South: the cases of China and India. Annals of the International Communication Association, 44(1), 34-49.
- Liang, J., Liu, X., Zhang, W. (2019) Scientists vs. Laypeople: How Genetically Modified Food is Discussed on a Chinese Q&A Website?. Public Understanding of Science, 28(8), 991-1004.
- Zhang, L. & Zhang, W. (2018). The influence of monetization on the public functions of Weibo, Global Media and China, 3(3), 195-212.
- Zhang, W. (2016). The Internet and New Social Formation in China: Fandom Publics in the Making. London and New York: Routledge.
- Zhang, W. & Zhang, L. (2015). Fandom of foreign reality TV shows in Chinese cybersphere. In Chen, W. & Reese, S. (Eds.) Networked China: Global Dynamics of Digital Media and Civic Engagement: New Agendas in Communication, pp.197-213. London: Routledge.
- Zhang, W & Chib, A. (2014). Internet studies and development discourses: The cases of China and India. Information Technology for Development, 20(4), 324-338.
- Zhang, W. & Mao, C. (2013). Fan activism sustained and challenged: Participatory culture in Chinese online translation communities. Chinese Journal of Communication, 6(1), 45-61.
- Zhang, W. (2012). Virtual communities as subaltern public spheres: A theoretical development and an application to the Chinese Internet. In H. Li (Ed.), Virtual community participation and motivation: Cross-disciplinary theories. Pp.143-161. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
- Zhang, W., & Wang, R. (2010). Interest-oriented versus relationship-oriented social network sites in China. First Monday, 15(8).
- Zhang, W. (2006). Constructing and disseminating subaltern public discourses in China. Javnost-The Public, 13(2), 41-64.
Emerging Media Behaviors
- Zhang, W. (2015). Learning variables, in-class laptop multitasking and academic performance: A path analysis. Computers & Education, 81, 82-88.
- Zhang, L. & Zhang, W. (2013). Real-time Internet news browsing: Information vs. experience-related gratifications and behaviors. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(6), 2712-2721.
- Zhang, W. & Zhang, L. (2012). Explicating multitasking with computers: Gratifications and situations. Computers in Human Behavior, 28 (5), 1883-1891.
- Zhang, W. (2011). Multitasking with new media in large classrooms: Findings from online survey and focus groups. In S. D. Liew (Ed.), Technology in Higher Education: The State of the Art. pp.138-143. Singapore: CDTL, NUS.
- Zhang, W., Jeong, S. H., & Fishbein, M. (2010). Situational factors competing for attention: The interaction effect between multitasking and sexual explicitness on TV recognition. Journal of Media Psychology, 22(1), 2-13.
- Jeong, S., Zhang, W., Fishbein, M., Davis, E., Bleakley, A., Jordan, A., & Hennessy, M. (2010). Multiple media use and multitasking with media among high school and college students: A Diary method. In M.B. Hinner (Ed.), The interrelationship of business and communication. Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang GmbH.
- Principle Investigator (2019-2020), AcRF Tier 1 Grant, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, S$13,371
- Co-Principle Investigator (2018-2020), Seed Fund, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, S$20,000
- Principal Investigator (2015-2016), FASS Book Grant Scheme, S$8,250
- Principal Investigator (2014-2017), Deliberative governance: Developing a digital platform, Ministry of Education, Singapore, S$430,000
- Principal Investigator (2011-2012), Large Grant Writing Workshop Scheme, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, S$9800
- Co-Principal Investigator (2011-2013), News Across the Great Wall: Analyzing Taiwan, Asian, and Western News Media’s Web Strategies for Internet Users in China, CHIANG CHING-KUO FOUNDATION FOR INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARLY EXCHANGE, US$34,955.
- Co-Principal Investigator (2011-2012), 2011 Singapore General Election Survey, IPS, Singapore, S$50,000 (US$40,116)
- Co-Principal Investigator (2009-2011), Citizen Participation and Legitimacy: Issues in the Evaluation of Health Policy-Making, Faculty Research Committee (FRC) Tier 1, National University of Singapore, S$62,100 (US$44,708)
- Co-Principal Investigator (2009-2011), IPS-CNM Media Use Surveys, Tote Board, Singapore, S$47,800 (US$34,388)
- Principal Investigator (2009-2011), Youth engagement and ICTs in Asia, PANeGov, IDRC, Canada, S$176,000 (US$122,000)
- Principal Investigator (2008-2011), Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Start-Up Fund, National University of Singapore, S$20,000 (US$12,935)
- Principal Investigator (2008), GAPSA-Provost Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation, University of Pennsylvania, US$6,000
- Fandom publics (book talk), Guangxi Arts College, September 24th, 2019
- Fandom publics (book talk), School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing Normal University, July 2nd, 2019
- Online Deliberation in Asia, the International Conference on “the Search for Deliberative Democracy in Asia”, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China, May 17th to 18th, 2019
- Entertaining Publics, Sun Yet-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, November 10th, 2018
- Youth, ICTs, and Political Engagement in Asia: A revisit after six years, DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP IN ASIA WORKSHOP, National University of Singapore, October 12th, 2018
- Fostering citizen deliberation through online platforms, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, September 19th , 2018
- Online deliberation in Singapore, The Lianhezaobao Singapore-China Forum, Singapore, July 10th, 2018
- Audience/Consumer/Public/Crowd in media scape?: The history and future of media and cultural studies, Sun Yet-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, October 11th, 2017
- Fandom publics: Networks and new social formation in China, Sun Yet-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, April 1st, 2017
- Fandom publics: Networks and new social formation in China, City University of Hong Kong, March 31st, 2017
- Fandom publics: Networks and new social formation in China, University of Virginia, March 21st, 2017
- Fandom publics: The Internet and new social formation in China, Chinese University of Hong Kong, January 18th, 2017
- Mapping the space for online deliberation, University of Wurzburg, November 28th, 2016
- Fandom publics: The Internet and new social formation in China, Leiden University, November 9th, 2016
- Online deliberation in Singapore, University of Amsterdam, October 25th, 2016
- Mapping the field of online deliberation, University of Warsaw, October 12th, 2016
- Fandom publics: The Internet and new social formation in China, Royal Holloway University, September 20th, 2016
- Online deliberation in Singapore, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore, July 29th, 2016
- Online deliberation in Singapore, Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore, July 27th, 2016
- Mapping the field of online deliberation, Public Policy and Public Consultation: Deliberative Democracy in Asia, Singapore, May 20th – 21st, 2016
- The reality of reality shows: Online fans community and intercultural communication (Keynote Speech), the Second Cross-Strait Conference on Speech Communication, Guangxi Arts University, Xiamen University and Shih Hsin University of Taiwan, Nanning, China, December 2015
- Panelist on “Global Perspectives on Social Media and Sociopolitical Engagement”, Global Communication Research in the 21st Century Symposium, The Penn-Wharton China Center in Beijing, June 16th, 2015
- Panelist on “Networked China Bluesky workshop”, the 65th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 25th, 2015.
- Presenter at the Comparative Political Communication Conference, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, February 5th, 2015.
- Celebrity activism on Weibo: Performance, style, and social networks (spotlight presentation), the China Internet Research Conference, Hong Kong Polytech University, Hong Kong, June 19th-21st, 2014
- Fandom of foreign reality TV shows in Chinese cyber sphere, the conference on “Networked China: Global Dynamics of Digital Media and Civic Engagement”, College of Communication, the University of Texas at Austin, October 17th-19th, 2013
- Social media in China: A credibility crisis?, the workshop on ‘China India Media Mediation’, Institute of South Asian Studies, NUS, Singapore, May 17th, 2012
- Political Cynicism and Political Communications in an Authoritarian Democracy, the Seminar on "The Influence of Political Cynicism and Political Efficacy on Media Use: Further findings from the IPS Survey", Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore, September 14th, 2011
- Change, Youth, Failure, Excellence (keynote lecture), the 22nd International Youth Forum, Ministry of Gender Equality and Family and National Council of Youth Organizations in Korea, August 18th, 2011
- Urban Youth, ICTs, and Civic Engagement in Asia, East Asia Institute, National University of Singapore, September 13th, 2010
- Youth Engagement and ICTs in Asia: A Comparative Analysis, Young Scholar Forum 2010, School of Journalism, Renming University, July 10th, 2010
- Youth Engagement and ICTs in Asia: A Comparative Approach, The Joint Summer School by Chinese University of Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Westminster and University of Pennsylvania, Chinese University of Communication, July 8th, 2010
- Youth, ICTs and Political Engagement in Asia, Workshop on Potential for Mobile 2.0 in Emerging Asia, LIRNEAsia, June 22nd, 2010
- Multitasking with (new) media, Communication and New Media Programme, National University of Singapore, April 14th, 2010
- Communication and values on political engagement, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, December 7th, 2009
- Multitasking with media: From antecedents to consequences, School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, October 21st, 2009
- Pushing democracy: Prospects for media and technology, Peace, Human Rights, Good Governance: East Asian Democracies at the Crossroads, The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, September 30th, 2009
- In search of collective action: Relationship-oriented vs. interest-oriented social networking sites in China, Communication and New Media Programme, National University of Singapore, April 1st, 2009
- eDeliberation and the disempowered: Access, experience and influence, Communication and New Media Programme, National University of Singapore, March 2008
- The Internet and disempowered groups, Department of Communication, College of Charleston, January 2008
- New media behaviors: What they are and what they do, Department of Advertising, The University of Texas, Austin, November 2007
Editorial Board Membership
- Annals of the International Communication Association (formerly Communication Yearbook), Associate Editor
- International Communication Gazette, Associate Editor
- Media Asia
- Journal of Public Deliberation