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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Yingying Chen, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-576-7878
Office: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street - Room 232
Columbia, SC  29208
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Yingying Chen


B.A., English Literature, Nankai University (China)
M.A., Global Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University(China)
M.S., Integrated Marketing Communications, Northwestern University
Ph.D., Information and Media, Michigan State University


Prior to entering academia, Dr. Yingying Chen was Nairobi bureau chief for Xinhua News Agency.


Chen's research focus is on online information diffusion, dynamics of public attention in the hybrid media system, and computational social science methods. She received awards for her research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and Advertising Research Foundation. She presented her paper at major conferences in the field of communication (ICA, AEJMC). Her work has been published in Journal of Adverting Research and Journal of Intercultural Communication Research.


Dissertation Completion Award(2020), Michigan State University.


Chen teaches Creative Strategy and Execution. She also taught Digital Analytics at Michigan State University. Her teaching philosophy is "Non scholae sed vitae" — we do not learn for school, but for life. She is passionate to inspire students to find insights and tell brand stories using digital trace data. She likes to connect her classes with real-life cases and experience. She also encourages students to be lifelong learners and keep up to date with the latest changes in technology, media and communication industry.

Recent Publications

Chen, Y., Thorson, K., & Lavaccare, J. (under review) Frame dynamics over time: Computer-assisted detection and identification of news frames.

Thorson, K., Medeiros, M., Chen, Y., Cotter, K., Rodgers, K., Bae, A., & Baykaldi, S. (under review) When the news shrinks: Social media, community information needs, and the evaporation of politics.

Bresnahan, M., Chen, Y., & Fedewa, K., (2018) Extinguishing Lady Liberty’s Torch? Online Public Responses to the U.S. Executive Order to Ban Immigrants from 7 Countries. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research.

Jayson, R., Block, M. P., & Chen, Y. (2018). How Synergy Effects of Paid and Digital Owned Media Influence Brand Sales: Considerations for Marketers When Balancing Media Spend. Journal of Advertising Research, 58(1), 77–89.

Jayson, R., Levy, S., Chen, Y., & Block, M. P. (2016). Effectiveness: The impact of paid and digital owned media on sales. Admap, 10-13. 


Reviewer of academic journals and conferences including Journal of Mass Communication and Society, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, International Communication Association.


Chen enjoys traveling around the world with her family, swimming, playing piano, listening to Jazz and classical music and learning a foreign language.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.