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Muyang Li

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Department of Sociology

Assistant Professor

Office: Vari Hall, 2116
Ext: 33913 Email: muyangli@yorku.ca

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Muyang Li is interested in digital sociology, cultural sociology, authoritarianism, and gender issues. Her research is organized around a key question: how does media interact with democracy and social life? Her recent study adopts a mixed-methods approach to explore the negotiation between the authoritarian state and the public in defining democracy through social media. She is a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University and a Faculty Associate at York Centre for Asian Research.

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Degrees

Ph.D. Sociology, University at Albany
M.Sc. New Media, Chinese University of Hong Kong
B.A. Communication, Communication University of China

Research Interests

Media , Culture and Cultural Studies, Political Sociology, Digital Sociology, Computational Text Analysis, Mixed Methods

Current Research Projects

Cross-Ideology News Consumption and Public Trust in COVID-19 Vaccines: A Canada versus the U.S. Comparative Study

    Summary:

    This project aims to compare how news outlets in Canada and the U.S. communicate COVID-19 vaccines and the risks of the Coronavirus to the public, and the extent to which cross-ideology news consumption shapes public trust in vaccines.

    Description:

    Principal Investigator, SSHRC Insight Development Grant # 430-2021-01065, $56,967

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    Role: Principal Investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Sep   Year: 2021

    End Date:
      Month: Sep   Year: 2023

    Funders:
    SSHRC
How Algorithmic Imaginaries Fuels Conspiracy Theories

    Summary:

    The conventional thinking about algorithmic harm to democracy emphasizes the detrimental effects of algorithms that have built-in bias or are in some other way inattentive to pre-existing social inequity. Based on this perspective, there is now a common belief that improving algorithms should suffice to solve the problem of algorithmic harm. This, however, is true only to an extent. How algorithms work and how people think algorithms work are two interrelated but distinctive aspects involved in accessing algorithmic harm.

    This project introduces a cultural perspective to understand how algorithms could be used against democracy by exploring how algorithmic imaginaries—the way people imagine, perceive, and experience algorithms—are used to develop a particular type of conspiracy theories.

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Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Luo, Z. & Li, M. (2022). Collecting and Analyzing Weibo Data: A Roadmap for Social Research. In The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods, 2nd ed, SAGE Publications Ltd.

2022

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Davis, J. L., Kidd, D., Li, M., Burgese, T. J., Aalders, R. (2022). Information technology & media sociology in a (still) pandemic world. Information, Communication and Society, 25(5), 587-590.

2022

Luo, Z. & Li, M. (2022). Participatory Censorship: How Online Fandom Community Facilitates Authoritarian Rule. New Media & Society, online first.

2022

Yang, Q., Luo, Z., Li, M., & Liu, J. (2021). Understanding the Landscape and Propagation of COVID-19 Misinformation and its Correction on Sina Weibo. Global Health Promotion, 29(1):44-52.

2021

Li, M., & Luo, Z. (2020). The ‘Bad Women Drivers’ Myth: The Overrepresentation of Female Drivers and Gender Bias in China’s Media. Information, Communication and Society, 23(5), 776-793.

2020

Chung, A. Y., Chen, K., Jung, G., & Li, M. (2018). Thinking Outside the Box: The National Context for Educational Preparation and Adaptation among Chinese and Korean International Students. Research in Comparative and International Education, 13(3), 418-438.

2018

Jacobs, R. N., & Li, M. (2017). Culture and comparative media research: Narratives about Internet privacy policy in Chinese, U.S., and U.K. newspapers. The Communication Review, 20(1), 1-25.

2017


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/SOCI4930 6.0 A Sociology of Science and Technology ONLN
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/SOCI1030 6.0 A Mediated Life in a Digital World LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/SOCI1030 6.0 A Mediated Life in a Digital World LECT
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/SOCI4930 6.0 A Sociology of Science and Technology ONLN


Muyang Li is interested in digital sociology, cultural sociology, authoritarianism, and gender issues. Her research is organized around a key question: how does media interact with democracy and social life? Her recent study adopts a mixed-methods approach to explore the negotiation between the authoritarian state and the public in defining democracy through social media. She is a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University and a Faculty Associate at York Centre for Asian Research.

Degrees

Ph.D. Sociology, University at Albany
M.Sc. New Media, Chinese University of Hong Kong
B.A. Communication, Communication University of China

Research Interests

Media , Culture and Cultural Studies, Political Sociology, Digital Sociology, Computational Text Analysis, Mixed Methods

Current Research Projects

Cross-Ideology News Consumption and Public Trust in COVID-19 Vaccines: A Canada versus the U.S. Comparative Study

    Summary:

    This project aims to compare how news outlets in Canada and the U.S. communicate COVID-19 vaccines and the risks of the Coronavirus to the public, and the extent to which cross-ideology news consumption shapes public trust in vaccines.

    Description:

    Principal Investigator, SSHRC Insight Development Grant # 430-2021-01065, $56,967

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Sep   Year: 2021

    End Date:
      Month: Sep   Year: 2023

    Funders:
    SSHRC
How Algorithmic Imaginaries Fuels Conspiracy Theories

    Summary:

    The conventional thinking about algorithmic harm to democracy emphasizes the detrimental effects of algorithms that have built-in bias or are in some other way inattentive to pre-existing social inequity. Based on this perspective, there is now a common belief that improving algorithms should suffice to solve the problem of algorithmic harm. This, however, is true only to an extent. How algorithms work and how people think algorithms work are two interrelated but distinctive aspects involved in accessing algorithmic harm.

    This project introduces a cultural perspective to understand how algorithms could be used against democracy by exploring how algorithmic imaginaries—the way people imagine, perceive, and experience algorithms—are used to develop a particular type of conspiracy theories.

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Luo, Z. & Li, M. (2022). Collecting and Analyzing Weibo Data: A Roadmap for Social Research. In The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods, 2nd ed, SAGE Publications Ltd.

2022

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Davis, J. L., Kidd, D., Li, M., Burgese, T. J., Aalders, R. (2022). Information technology & media sociology in a (still) pandemic world. Information, Communication and Society, 25(5), 587-590.

2022

Luo, Z. & Li, M. (2022). Participatory Censorship: How Online Fandom Community Facilitates Authoritarian Rule. New Media & Society, online first.

2022

Yang, Q., Luo, Z., Li, M., & Liu, J. (2021). Understanding the Landscape and Propagation of COVID-19 Misinformation and its Correction on Sina Weibo. Global Health Promotion, 29(1):44-52.

2021

Li, M., & Luo, Z. (2020). The ‘Bad Women Drivers’ Myth: The Overrepresentation of Female Drivers and Gender Bias in China’s Media. Information, Communication and Society, 23(5), 776-793.

2020

Chung, A. Y., Chen, K., Jung, G., & Li, M. (2018). Thinking Outside the Box: The National Context for Educational Preparation and Adaptation among Chinese and Korean International Students. Research in Comparative and International Education, 13(3), 418-438.

2018

Jacobs, R. N., & Li, M. (2017). Culture and comparative media research: Narratives about Internet privacy policy in Chinese, U.S., and U.K. newspapers. The Communication Review, 20(1), 1-25.

2017


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/SOCI4930 6.0 A Sociology of Science and Technology ONLN
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/SOCI1030 6.0 A Mediated Life in a Digital World LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/SOCI1030 6.0 A Mediated Life in a Digital World LECT
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/SOCI4930 6.0 A Sociology of Science and Technology ONLN