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Dr. Xinzhi Zhang  
張昕之 博士
Research Assistant Professor  
研究助理教授
(852) 3411-6559
Dr. Xinzhi Zhang’s research interests include political communication, new media and social change, social movements, and comparative politics. He is also an observer of computational social sciences and digital humanities. His research work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as International Political Science Review, Computers in Human Behavior, International Journal of Communication, Telecommunications Policy, International Communication Gazette, and Policy & Internet.Before joining the Baptist in 2016, Dr. Zhang was a Lecturer and the Co-Convener of the Academic Discipline of Humanities at the School of Professional Education and Executive Development at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2014-16). He obtained both Ph.D. in Media and Communication (2013) and M.A. with Distinction in Communication and New Media (2009) from City University of Hong Kong.

Besides scholarly activities, Dr. Zhang is a keen lover of music, films, and stage drama. Holding the National Grade 10 (top) Certificate of the Piano Grading Examination (China), he also has been a jazz drum player for more than ten years, with musical styles covering Hard Rock, Funk, R&B, and Fusion.

Research & Teaching Interests
  • The social and political implications of new media
  • Conventional and unconventional political participation
  • Comparative media and communication studies
  • Languages and social interaction
  • Mass media and society
  • Social network analysis
  • Data visualization
  • Multimedia content production

Selected Publications
– Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
  • Lin, W.-Y., Cao, B., & Zhang, X. (2017, forthcoming). To speak or not to speak? Predicting college students’ outspokenness in the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. International Journal of Communication. [SSCI]
  • Zhang, X. (2017). Visualization, technologies, or the public? Exploring the articulation of data-driven journalism in the Twittersphere. Digital Journalism. Online first, doi: 10.1080/21670811.2017.1340094. [Scopus/ESCI]
  • Cui, L., & Zhang, X. (2017). What happened to those fans several years later?: Empowerment from Super Girls’ Voice for girls in China (2007-2015). Critical Studies in Media Communication. online first, 1-15. doi: 10.1080/15295036.2017.1319070. [SSCI].
  • Zhong, Z.-J., & Zhang, X. (2017). A mediation path to Chinese netizens’ civic engagement: The effects of news usage, civic motivations, online expression and discussion. China: An International Journal, 15(2), 22-43. [SSCI].
  • Zhang, X., & Lin, W.-Y. (2016). Hanging together or not? Impacts of social media use and organisational membership on individual and collective political actions. International Political Science Review. online first, doi: 10.1177/0192512116641842. [SSCI].
  • Lin, W.-Y., Zhang, X., Song, H.-Y., & Omori, K.  (2016). Health information seeking in the Web 2.0 age: Trust in social media, uncertainty reduction, and self-disclosure. Computers in Human Behavior, 56, 289–294. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2015.11.055. [SSCI].
  • Zhang, X. (2015). Voting with dollars: A cross-polity and multilevel analysis of political consumerism. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 39(5), 422-436. doi: 10.1111/ijcs.12181. [SSCI].
  • Lin, F., Chang, T.-K., & Zhang, X. (2014). After the spillover effect: News flows and power relations in Chinese mainstream media. Asian Journal of Communication, 25(3), 235-254. doi: 10.1080/01292986.2014.955859. [SSCI].
  • Zhang, X. & Lin, W.-Y. (2014). Political participation in an unlikely place: How individuals engage in politics through social networking sites in China. International Journal of Communication, 8, 21-42. Link to the Article: http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/2003/1047. [SSCI].
  • Liu, N. & Zhang, X. (2014). The influence of group communication, government-citizen interaction, and perceived importance of new media on online political discussion. Policy & Internet, 5(4), 444-461. doi: 10.1002/1944-2866.POI348. [Scopus/ProQuest Journal].
  • Lin, W.-Y., Zhang, X., & Lee, F. L. F. (2013). Making the world a distant place? How foreign TV news affects individual cynicism in post-colonial Hong Kong. International Communication Gazette, 75(8), 715-731. doi: 10.1177/1748048513497160. [SSCI].
  • Lin, W.-Y., Zhang, X., Jung, J.-Y., & Kim, Y.-C. (2013). From the wired to wireless generation: Investigating teens’ internet use through the mobile phone. Telecommunications Policy, 37(8), 651-661. doi:10.1016/j.telpol.2012.09.008. [SSCI].
  • Lin, W.-Y. & Zhang, X. (2012). Seeking the “invisible youth”: Examining the Otaku’s online-offline social capital construction in Hong Kong (「隱形少年」現形記:香港御宅族網際網路使用與社會資本建構初探). Mass Communication Research (新聞學研究), 2012(7), 233-270. Link to the Article: http://mcr.nccu.edu.tw/word/1314522013.pdf. [TSSCI Journal, Taiwan].
– Selected Peer-reviewed Major International Conference Presentations
  • Zhang, X. (2017). Exploring the country co-occurrence network in the Twittersphere at an international economic event. Paper to be presented at the 6th China National Social Media Processing Conference (SMP 2017), Beijing, China, 14 – 17 September, 2017.
  • Zhang, X. (2017) Visualization, technologies, or the public? – A text mining analysis of the articulation of data-driven journalism in the Twittersphere. Paper to be presented at the 67th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), San Diego, USA, 25 – 29 May, 2017.
  • Zhang, X. & Lin, W.-Y. (2017). Extending the Gamson hypothesis on social media use and elite-challenging political participation: A cross-polity study. Paper to be presented at the 67th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), San Diego, USA, 25 – 29 May, 2017.
  • Zhang, X. (2016). The impact of freedom restoration, message frames, and language variety on psychological reactance. Paper presented at the 66th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), Fukuoka, Japan, 9-13 June, 2016.
  • Cui, L., & Zhang, X.  (2016). What happened to those tomboys several years later?: Empowerment from Super Girls’ Voice for girls in mainland China (2007-2015). Paper presented at the 66th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), Fukuoka, Japan, 9-13 June, 2016.
  • Lin, W.-Y., Cao, B., & Zhang, X. (2016). To speak or not to speak: Predicting college students’ outspokenness in the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 66th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), Fukuoka, Japan, 9-13 June, 2016.
  • Zhang, X. & Zhong, Z.-J. (2015). Mapping the boundary of media effects on environmental concerns: Evidence from 37 societies. Paper presented at the 65th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), San Juan, Puerto Rico, 21-25 May 2015.
  • Lin, W.-Y. & Zhang, X. (2015). From spectators to participants: A study of affective intelligence, media uses, and political participation in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 5th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), San Juan, Puerto Rico, 21-25 May 2015.
  • Wang, C.J., Chen, H.X., & Zhang, X. (2015) The landscape of information diffusion on Sina Weibo: Investigating the rich-club effect. Paper presented at the 65th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), San Juan, Puerto Rico, 21-25 May 2015.
  • Lin, W.-Y. & Zhang, X. (2014). How young adults engage in online health information discussion and sharing: Examining the role of trust in Health 2.0.  Paper presented at the Annual Convention of Chinese Communication Society (CCS). Taipei, Taiwan, 24-26 June, 2014.
  • Zhang, X. & Lin, W.-Y. (2014). The cynics in action: Social networking sites use, political attitudes, and political participation in mainland China and Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 64th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA). Seattle, Washington, the U.S., May 2014.
  • Zhang, X. & Lin, W.-Y. (2014). Bowling alone or together? Social media uses, organizational membership, and political actions. Paper presented at ICA 2014 Pre-conference: New Media and Citizenship in Asia: Values, Digital Politics, and Civic Well-Being, Seattle, Washington, the U.S., May 2014.
  • Zhong, Z.-J. & Zhang, X. (2014). Media and psychological predictors of civic engagement: Uses of news, motivation, political efficacy, and relative deprivation. Paper presented at the 64th Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA). Seattle, Washington, the U.S., May 2014.
  • Zhang, X. & Zhang, F. (2013). Powered by Democracy? – A multilevel model of media uses and political participation across Asian countries. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), D.C., the U.S., Aug 8 – 11, 2013. [McCombs Shaw Award for Best Student Paper in Political Communication, AEJMC, 2013]
  • Zhang, X. & Zhang, W. (2013). The willingness to fight for the People’s Republic of China? The individual determinants of political support in the post-colonial Hong Kong. Paper accepted to be presented at the 99th Annual Conference of National Communication Association (NCA), 21 – 24 Nov, 2013.
  • Zhang, X. (2013). The myth of “voting with dollars”: A cross-polity and multilevel analysis of political consumerism. Paper presented at the 63rd Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA). London, England, June 17-21, 2013.
  • Lin, W.-Y., Zhang, X., Lee, F. L. F. (2013). Making the world a distant place? How foreign TV news affects individual cynicism in post-colonial Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 63rd Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA). London, England, June 17-21, 2013.
  • Liu, N. & Zhang, X. (2012). Talking as communicators: Effects of group communication, government-citizen interaction, and perceived media importance on online political discussion. Paper presented at the 100th Annual Convention of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Chicago, United States, Aug 9-12, 2012.
  • Lin, F. & Zhang, X. (2012). Contextualizing inter-media influence: Diffusion of online news about three collective actions in china. Paper presented at the 62nd Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA). Phoenix, Arizona, United States, May 24-28, 2012.
  • Lin, W.-Y. & Zhang, X. (2011). Demystifying collective identities in Hong Kong and Taiwan: The effects of media and communication. Paper presented at the 97th Annual Convention of National Communication Association (NCA). New Orleans, United States, Nov 17-19, 2011.
  • Lin, W.-Y., Zhang, X., Kim, Y.-C., & Jung, J.-Y. (2011). Religion on the line: Investigating communication and action through youths’ online religious participation. Paper presented at the 97th Annual Convention of National Communication Association (NCA). New Orleans, United States, Nov 17-19, 2011.
  • Lin, F. & Zhang, X. (2011). Bureaucratic nature of news websites and online activism in China. Paper presented at the 106th Convention of American Sociological Association (ASA). Las Vegas, United States, 13-16 August 2011.
  • Zhang, X. (2011). Twenty years of internet and civic engagement: A review beyond hypes and hopes. Paper accepted to be presented at the Annual Convention of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). St. Louis, United States, 9-13 August 2011.
  • Lin, W.-Y. & Zhang, X. (2011). Examining the Otaku’s online-offline social capital construction in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of Chinese Communication Society (CCS). Hsinchu, Taiwan, 4-7 July 2011.
  • Lin, W.-Y. & Zhang, X., Jung, J.-Y., & Kim, Y.-C. (2011). From the wired to wireless generation: Investigating teens’ internet use through the mobile phone. Paper presented at the 2011 International Telecommunications Society (ITS) Asia-Pacific Regional Conference. Taipei, Taiwan, 26-28 June 2011.
Professional Services
  • Aug 2015 – Mar 2016. Member. Program Planning Committee, BA (Hons) in Bilingual Studies, School of Professional Education and Executive Development, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  • Jun 2015 – Aug 2016. Subject Leader. School of Professional Education and Executive Development, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  • Jan 2015 – Aug 2016. Co-convener. The Academic Discipline of Humanities, College of Professional and Continuing Education, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  • Aug 2010 – Aug 2011, Member. The Graduate Study Committee (Student Representative), College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • Sep 2008 – Aug 2009, Class Representative by Election. M.A. in Communication and New Media Program, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • Sep 2005 – Aug 2006, Chairperson, University Stage Drama Society, Guangzhou University, China.
  • Also has served as research article reviewer for the following journals:
    New Media & Society (SSCI);
    International Political Science Review (SSCI);
    Youth & Society (SSCI);
    International Journal of Communication (SSCI)
    Information, Communication, and Society (SSCI);
    Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly (SSCI);
    Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking (SSCI);
    Telematics and Informatics (SSCI);
    Chinese Journal of Communication (SSCI);
    International Communication Gazette (SSCI)
Advice to Students
  • “Be joyful in hope, patient in trouble, and persistent in prayer” (Romans 12:12).