Guobin Yang, Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Communication and Sociology at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named Interim Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC). 

CARGC was directed by Marwan Kraidy from 2013 until June 2020, when he left the university to become Dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar.

Yang, whose work focuses on online activism, social movements, and digital cultures in China and beyond, will serve as the center’s faculty lead, working collaboratively with CARGC staff and fellows in the interim period. In addition to CARGC, Yang also serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Director of the Center on Digital Culture and Society at the University of Pennsylvania where he is also Deputy Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China.  

“We are excited to welcome Guobin Yang as Interim Director for CARGC,” said John L. Jackson, Jr., Walter H. Annenberg Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Richard Perry University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. “Guobin’s work and expertise in global communication resonate with CARGC’s mission, and we know that, as interim director, he will continue the innovative work currently happening at CARGC during this interim period.”  

“I’m honored to join CARGC and its community of stellar staff and postdoctoral and predoctoral fellows,” says Yang. “I will do my best to support the exciting scholarship that is going on there.”

CARGC is an institute of advanced study that produces and promotes advanced research on global communication and public life, bringing the very best scholarship from all over the world to bear on enduring global questions and pressing contemporary issues. It also incorporated the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), founded and led by recently retired adjunct professor Monroe Price. CGCS was a base from which students and faculty engaged a wide network of regulators, scholars, and practitioners from all around the world.