Lei Guo

Lei Guo

Associate Professor, Emerging Media Studies

About Lei Guo

Dr. Lei Guo 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 founding faculty member at the Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences. 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. Recently, Dr. Guo has been leading a research projectthat examines international news coverage of COVID-19 and the impacts.

Dr. Guo has published over 30 research papers in leading peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, and Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Her co-edited book The Power of Information Networks: New Directions for Agenda Setting (2015, Routledge) introduces a new theoretical perspective to understand media effects in this emerging media landscape.

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

At the 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 several local organizations launch websites as a part of class projects for EM757 User-Producers 2.0: Developing Interactivity.

More information about Dr. Guo:


  • PhD, Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin
  • MA, Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin
  • BA, Journalism and Chinese literature, Fudan University