• Title Assistant Professor, Emerging Media Studies
  • Office 304D
  • Education B.A. Fudan University (Shanghai, China)
    M.A. The University of Texas at Austin
    Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

Lei Guo earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and joined the Emerging Media Studies faculty in 2014. She is also an affiliated faculty member at Boston University’s Department of Computer Science, and a junior faculty fellow at the Hariri institute. Her research focuses on the development of media effects theories, computational social science methodologies, and emerging media and democracy in the United States and China. She recently conducts research on the influence of fake news on “real” news.

Dr. Guo’s research has been published in a number of leading peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Communication, Communication Research, New Media & Society, Journalism Studies, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Mass Communication & Society, and Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Her co-edited book The Power of Information Networks: New Directions for Agenda Setting (2015) introduces a new theoretical perspective to understand media effects in this emerging media landscape.

Dr. Guo won a number of awards for her scholarship, including the 2017 Google Research Award, the 2017 Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly Outstanding Article Award, and top faculty paper awards at major communication conferences. Recently, her collaborative research with computer scientists leads to $1 million NSF grant to address emerging media representation and effects.

At College of Communication, Dr. Guo teaches “big data” analytics, interaction design, and communication methods and theories. In her classes, students not only master important concepts and technical skills about emerging media, but also gain experience tackling real-life challenges. For example, her students have helped a number of local organizations launch websites as a part of class projects for EM757 User-Producers 2.0: Developing Interactivity.

Dr. Guo also has professional experience as a journalist in Shanghai and a radio producer in Austin, Texas. She now lives in Brookline with her husband and a lovely baby girl.

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