Min Tang, Lecturer
Min Tang received a B.A. in Broadcast and Television Journalism from Fudan University in 2010, an M.Sc. in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and an M.A. in Global Communication from the University of Southern California in 2012, and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (expected 2017).
She has taught Introduction to Communication Theory and Research; Sexual Communication; Media Money and Power; and Introduction to Communication Theory and Research at UIUC. Tang brings both her own background as a journalist in China, and her expertise in new media/internet industries, to integrate media production in her classrooms.
Tang’s research takes a political economy approach to media industries. Her work takes place at both individual and structural scales. Her M.A .thesis explored the identity struggles of Chinese journalists caught in the transition between the party-state media systems and neoliberal/commercial reforms. Her current work explores how information communication technology (ICT) industries are emerging as sites of capitalist reproduction, with a particular focus on China’s internet industry. Her dissertation, Tencent as a Nexus: The Political Economy of China’s Internet Industry 1998-2016, examines issues of ownership and control, business and organizational strategy, and relations between capital and state power through a study of the internet company Tencent. Future projects seek to extend her research to ICT industries in other BRIC nations.