I am fascinated by how the subject--often the media user, but not always--comes to life in different discourses, and how s/he is being seen through different regimes of measurement and legibility. The meta-theme of my research is to re-think media through problematizing prevalent knowledge formations--popular or scholarly--by delineating unspoken assumptions and scrutinizing the ways in which science and technology gets entangled in how we know the world.
Methods and methodologies fascinate me for the same reason.
I was trained in media and communication, but draw much from science and technology studies, cultural sociology, and political science. My past works have focused on the following areas: (1) cultures and practices of data analytics, (2) media use and media (infra)structures, and (3) information technology, public culture, and post-reform China.
There is no alignment between these areas and research methods.