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Prof. Xigen LI
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Dr Zhou HE
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Prof. Chin Chuan LEE
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Prof. Jonathan ZHU
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Dr Stella CHIA
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Dr Li Crystal JIANG
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Dr Tetsuro KOBAYASHI
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Dr Wan-Ying LIN
Associate Professor
Dr Marko SKORIC
Associate Professor
Dr Chris Fei SHEN
Associate Professor
Dr Guanxiong HUANG
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Dr Ki Joon KIM
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Dr Limin LIANG
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Dr Fen LIN
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Dr Bing ZHOU
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Mr Wai Peter KWAN
Senior Teaching Fellow
Mr Sing Lai Sunny CHAN
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Mr Wang Wai MA
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Ms Sonia YEUNG
Instructor/Departmental Internship Coordinator

Dr Chris Fei SHEN 沈菲

BA (Tongji University), MPhil (Hong Kong Baptist University), PhD (Ohio State University, US)

Associate Professor

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Contact Information

Office: M5087
Phone: +(852) 3442 5965
Fax: +(852) 3442 0228
Email: feishen@cityu.edu.hk
Website: Personal Homepage
Personal CV: Personal CV
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Research Interests

  • Political Communication
  • Public Opinion
  • Internet Censorship and Freedom
  • Quantitative Methodology
  • Data Mining
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Sociology of News
  • Social Movements
Dr. Fei Shen ('Chris') is a keen observer of the social and political impacts of new media technologies. His empirical work examines how people make use of new media technologies in different settings and how the internet helps reshape people's behavior and redistribute power in societies, in particular, in authoritarian regimes. He wrote extensively on the topic of the internet and China: online political discussions, opinion climate in the cyberspace, the Great Firewall, censorship patterns of news portal sites, circumvention tools use, and ordinary citizen running social media campaigns for local congress elections, etc. He has published articles in such journals as Communication Theory, Journal of Communication, Communication Research, the International Journal of Press/Politics, and International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Dr. Shen won the Google Faculty Research Award in 2014 and was a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University during 2015-2016. He is currently the associate editor of 'Communication Methods and Measures' - a methodology journal in the field of media and communication. For more information about the journal, see: www.tandfonline.com/loi/hcms20


Teaching Areas

  • COM 5401 Advertising Production and Management
  • COM 5405 Consumer Behavior Insight
  • COM 5104 Research Methods for Communication and New Media
  • COM 5506 Social Network Analysis for Communication
  • COM 8007 Multivariate Analysis in Communication Research

Ongoing Projects

  • principal investigator, General Research Fund by Hong Kong Government, Tracking Public Opinion through Real-time Textual Mining: A Public Service Platform with Big Data-based Approach, 1,124,418 HKD (GRF-11600717)
  • principal investigator, General Research Fund by Hong Kong Government, Trust in Media revisited: A Rational-emotional Model. 574,500 HKD (GRF-11602915)
  • principal investigator, Google Faculty Research Award, An empirical Study of Asian values and freedom of expression. USD 83,000 (644,324HKD)

Publications

Journal Articles (English)

  • Shen, F. (2017). Internet Use, Freedom Supply, and Demand for Internet Freedom: A Cross-National Study of 20 Countries. International Journal of Communication, 11, 2093–2114. [SSCI]
  • Wang, T., & Shen, F. (2017). The Impacts of Online Grassroots Criticism on Citizen Satisfaction With Government: An Inconsistent Mediation Model, International Journal of Communication,11, 113–136. [SSCI]
  • Zhu, Q., Skoric, M., & Shen, F. (2016). I Shield Myself From Thee: Selective Avoidance on Social Media During Political Protests. Political Communication. [SSCI]
  • Liang, H., Shen, F., & Fu, K. W. (2016). Privacy protection and self-disclosure across societies: A study of global Twitter users. New Media & Society, 1461444816642210. [SSCI]
  • Shen, F., & Wang, T. (2015). Does perceived incongruence in opinion climate influence the degree of outspokenness? Evidence from two national events in China. Chinese Journal of Communication, DOI:10.1080/17544750.2015.1046186 [SSCI]
  • Shen, F., & Liang, H. (2014). Cultural Difference, Social Values, or Political Systems? Predicting Willingness to Engage in Online Political Discussion in 75 Societies International Journal of Public Opinion Research. [SSCI]
  • Liu, Y-I, Shen, F., Eveland, W.P., & Dylko, I. (2013). The Impact of News Use and News Content Characteristics on Political Knowledge and Participation. Mass Communication & Society. DOI:10.1080/15205436.2013.778285 [SSCI]
  • Shen, F. & Liang, H. (2013). Do Chinese Internet Users Care about News? Tracking News Consumers on the Internet in a Metropolis 2009-2011. Chinese Journal of Communication. DOI:10.1080/17544750.2013.816755 [SSCI]
  • Shen, F. & Zhang, Z. (2013). Who are investigative journalists in China? Findings from a survey in 2010. Chinese Journal of Communication. DOI:10.1080/17544750.2013.816757 [SSCI]
  • Shen, F. (2012). Book review - Freedom of Information Reform in China: Information Flow Analysis. China Information, 26, 391.
  • Shen, F. & Guo, S. (2012). The Last Refuge of Media Persuasion: News Use, National Pride and Political Trust in China. Asian Journal of Communication, 1-17. [SSCI]
  • Matthes, J., Hayes, A. F., Rojas, H., Shen, F., Min, S-J, Dulko, I. B. (2012). Exemplifying a Dispositional Approach to Cross-Cultural Spiral of Silence Research: Fear of Social Isolation and the Inclination to Self-Censor. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 24 (3): 287-305. [SSCI]
  • Shen, F., Lu, Y., Guo, Z., & Zhou, B. (2011). News media use, perceived credibility, and efficacy: An analysis of media participation intention in China. Chinese Journal of Communication, 4(4), 475–495. [SSCI]
  • Wang, N., Guo, Z., & Shen, F. (2011). Message, Perception, and the Beijing Olympics: Impact of Differential Media Exposure on Perceived Opinion Diversity, Communication Research, 38, 422-445. [SSCI]
  • Shen, F. (2010). Book review - Communication effect research: Origin, development and application, Chinese Journal of Communication, 3, 2, 248-250.
  • Shen, F. & Eveland, W. P. Jr. (2010). Testing the Intramedia Interaction Hypothesis: The Contingent Effects of News. Journal of Communication, 60, 364–387
  • Shen, F., Wang, N., Guo, S., Guo, L (2009). Online network size, efficacy, and opinion expression: Assessing the impacts of internet use in China. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 21, 451-476. [http://ijpor.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/edp046]
  • Shen, F. (2009). An economic theory of political communication effects: How the economy conditions political learning. Communication Theory, 19, 374-396. [http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/122638274/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0]
  • Eveland, W. P. Jr., Hively, M. & Shen, F. (2009). Exposure, attention, or “use” of news? Validating measurement of a central concept in political communication and public opinion research. Communication Methods and Measures, 3, 4, 223-244.
  • Shen, F. (2008). “Staying alive”: The impact of media momentum on candidacy attrition in the 1980-2004 primaries. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 13, 4, 429-450.[http://hij.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/13/4/429]
  • Dervin, B., Reinhard, C. D. & Shen, F. (2006). Beyond communication: Research as communicating. Making user and audience studies matter. Information Research, 12, 1.[http://informationr.net/ir/12-1/paper287.html]
  • Guo, Z. S., Cheung, W.H., & Shen, F. (2005). Depth of reasoning and information processing: A predictive model of SARS behaviors. Asian Journal of Communication, 2005, 3, 274 – 288 [http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/rajc/2005/00000015/00000003/art00004]

Journal Articles (Chinese)

  • Zhan, Z. & Shen, F. (2014). Chinese audience in new media environment: General features and group differences (a).(新传播形态下的中国受众: 总体特征及群体差异 (上). Xin chuanbo xingtai xia de zhongguo shouzhong: zongti tezheng ji qunti chayi (shang)). [in Chinese] Modern Communication (现代传播 Xiandai chuanbo), Vol 36, 3.[CSSCI]
  • Zhan, Z. & Shen, F. (2014). Chinese audience in new media environment: General features and group differences (b).(新传播形态下的中国受众: 总体特征及群体差异 (下). Xin chuanbo xingtai xia de zhongguo shouzhong: zongti tezheng ji qunti chayi (xia)). [in Chinese] Modern Communication (现代传播 Xiandai chuanbo), Vol 36, 4.[CSSCI]
  • Shen, F., & Lu, Y., Wang, T., & Zhang, Z. (2014). Audience segmentation in new media environment: Findings from a 2010 national survey (新媒介环境下的中国受众分类:基于2010全国受众调查的实证研究 Xinmeijie huanjin xia de zhongguo shouzhong fenlei: jiyu 2010 quanguo shouzhong diaocha de shizheng yanjiu) Journalism Bimonthly (新闻大学Xinwen Daxue), Vol. 3, 100-107.[CSSCI]
  • Shen, F. & Zhang, Z. (2012). Media credibility revisited: individual level impacts of media credibility (媒介公信力再探: 公信力评价个人层面效果分析. Meijie gongxinli zaitan: Gongxinli pingjia geren cengmian xiaoguo fenxi) [in Chinese] Journalism Bimonthly (新闻大学Xinwen Daxue), Vol. 6, 31-40.[CSSCI]
  • Zhang, Z. & Shen, F. (2012). Geographical difference in Chinese audience’s media use (中国受众媒介使用的地区差异比较 Zhongguo shouzhong meijie shiyong de diqu chayi bijiao), [in Chinese] Journalism Bimonthly (新闻大学Xinwen Daxue), Vol. 6, 3-9, 30.[CSSCI]
  • Zhang, Z. & Shen, F. (2012). Investigative reporters’ job satisfaction and its antecedents (调查记者的职业满意度及影响因素研究 Diaocha Jizhe de zhiye manyidu yu yingxiang yinsu yanjiu), [in Chinese] Journalism and Communication Research (新闻与传播研究 Xinwen yu Chuanbo Yanjiu) 19 (4), 64-75. [CSSCI]
  • Zhang, Z. & Shen, F. (2013). Media environment and organizational control: Investigative reporters’ media role perceptions and their predictors (B) (媒介环境与组织控制: 调查记者的媒介角色认知及影响因素( 下) meijie huanjing yu zuzhi kongzhi: diaocha jizhe de meijie juese renzhi ji yingxiang yinsu) [in Chinese] Modern Communication (现代传播Xiandai Chuanbo), Vol. 10, 35-40.[CSSCI]
  • Zhang, Z. & Shen, F. (2012). Media environment and organizational control: Investigative reporters’ media role perceptions and their predictors (A) (媒介环境与组织控制: 调查记者的媒介角色认知及影响因素( 上) meijie huanjing yu zuzhi kongzhi: diaocha jizhe de meijie juese renzhi ji yingxiang yinsu) [in Chinese] Modern Communication (现代传播Xiandai Chuanbo), Vol. 9, 39-45.[CSSCI]
  • Zhang, Z. & Shen, F. (2012). Motivation for occupation choice and its predictors for investigative reproters. (Diaocha Jizhe de Zeye Dongji ji qi Yingxiang Yinsu Yanjiu调查记者的择业动机及影响因素研究) [in Chinese] Journalism Bimonthly (Xinwen Daxue), Vol. 4, 125-132.[CSSCI]
  • Zhang, Z. & Shen, F. (2011). A report on Chinese investigative journalists. (中国调查记者行业生态报告 Zhongguo Diaocha Jizhe Hangye Shengtai Baogao) [in Chinese] Modern Communication (现代传播 Xiandai Chuanbo), Vol. 10, 51-55.[CSSCI]

Books (English)

  • Lee, Francis L. F., Chin-chuan Lee, Mike Z. Yao, Tsan-kuo Chang, Jennifer Fen Lin, and Fei Shen (2013). Communication, Public Opinion, and Globalization in Urban China. London: Routledge.

Books (Chinese)

  • Shen, F. & Zhang, Z. (2013). Chinese audience investigation in a new media era [xinchuanbo xingtai xia de zhongguo shouzhong 新传播形态下的中国受众]. Eds. Liangrong Li, Ye Lu, and Baohua Zhou, Shanghai: Fudan University Press.

Book Chapters (English)

  • Shen, F., Zhang, Z., & Yao, Z. M. (2016). Broadcast and new media use in China: Findings from a national survey. In John V. Pavlik (Ed.) Digital technology and the future of broadcasting: Global perspectives. New York: Routledge, pp. 63-75.
  • Shen, F. (2015). Campaigning on Weibo: Independent candidates’ use of social media in local People’s Congress Elections in China. In Wenhong Chen & Stephen D. Reese (Eds.) Networked China: Global dynamics of digital media and civic engagement. New York: Routledge, pp. 114-135.
  • Shen, F., & Zhang, Z. (2014). The identities and demographics of investigative journalists in China: Findings from a survey. In Marina Svensson, Elin Saether, Zhi’an Zhang, Hongyi Bai (eds.) Chinese investigative journalists’ dreams: Autonomy, agency, and voice, Lexington Books, pp. 33-50.
  • Shen, F. (2014). Great Firewall of China. In Harvey, K. (Ed.). (2014). Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. SAGE, Volume 2, 599-602.
  • Shen, F. (2014). Web mapping and online politics. In Harvey, K. (Ed.). (2014). Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. SAGE, Volume 3, 1366.
  • Shen, F. (2014). Weibo. In Harvey, K. (Ed.). (2014). Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. SAGE, Volume 3, 1372-1373.
  • Song, S. Y., Shen, F., Yao, M. Z. & Wildman, S. S. (2013).Un/masking news in cyberspace: Examining censorship patterns of news portal sites in China. In Gordon, J., Paul Rowinski and Gavin Stewart (Eds.), Breaking the News: Journalism, Politics and New Media (pp. 211-230).Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang.
  • Shen, F. & Wang, N. (2013). " Dualistic discourse universes and opinion expression in online versus offline communities." In P. Moy (Ed.), Communication and Community (pp. 189-205). New York: Hampton Press.
  • Martin, Ernest Jr., & Shen, F. (2005). Overview of Hong Kong advertising, In Kara Chan (Ed.) Advertising & Hong Kong Society, HK: Chinese University Press, pp.23-55.