1998 …2024

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Research Interests

Serial Narrative and Streaming Platform / Comparative Media System and Studio Histories / East Asian Cinema / Affects and Effects of Social Media / Popular and Youth Culture


Ying Zhu is the founder and chief editor of the peer-reviewed academic journal Global Storytelling: Journal of Digital and Moving Images. The recipient of Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Fulbright Senior Fellow, her writings have appeared in major academic journals such as Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Screen, and Journal of Communication as well as media outlets such as The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, etc.


She is the author of four books including Hollywood in China: Behind the Scenes of the World’s Largest Movie Market and Two Billion Eyes: The Story of China Central Television, and co-editor of six books including Soft Power with Chinese Characteristics: China’s Campaign for Hearts and Minds. As foundational texts for Chinese film and television studies, her works have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish. She reviews manuscripts for major publications and evaluates grant proposals for research foundations in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S.


Previously on the faculty at the City University of New York, she is now a professor in the Academy of Film at the Hong Kong Baptist University and an adjunct professor in the School of Arts at the Columbia University.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Critical & Cultural Studies, University of Texas at Austin

External positions

Columbia University

Sept 2021 → …

Professor, The City University of New York

Sept 2002Jan 2022


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