I am an assistant professor of communication and media studies at the University of New Hampshire. I graduated from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, with a PhD in Communication, and MA from NYU’s Department of Media, Culture and Communication. My research revolves around the cultural economy of information capitalism as it intersects with issues of class, gender, nation, and race in an age of globalization. Currently, I am working on a book project about digital entrepreneurship and emerging labor practices and subjectivities in China as the nation restructures its economy. Tentatively titled Reinvent Yourself! (????)Entrepreneurial Labor and Hybrid Selves in China’s New Economy, the book is an ethnography of IT entrepreneurial Labor in urban, rural, and transnational China, and an analysis of the post-2008 phenomenon of individual self-reinvention amidst national and economic restructuring.
I also write about digital labor, visual culture, video games, online spoofing culture, and debates on race in cyberspace. You could find my work in the Journal of Consumer Culture, New Media and Society, International Journal of Cultural Studies, International Journal of Communication, Feminist Media Studies, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, and China Information etc.
Ph.D., Communication, University of Southern California
M.A., Media, Culture and Communication, New York University
M.Phil., Communication, The Chinese University of Hong
B.A., English Language and Literature, Beijing Foreign Studies Univer
Media and cultural studies
CMN 455: Introduction to Media Studies
CMN 575: Research Practicum
CMN 696W: Sem/Global Digital Capitalism
CMN 772: Sem/From Pokemon to K-Pop
CMN 796: Comm-Entary Journal
Zhang, L., & Guan, Z. (2020). The Evolution of Alibaba and the Platformization of Petty Capitalism: Contextualizing the local Platformization. Chinese Journal of Journalism and Communication, 42(2), 28.
Zhang, L. (2020). When Platform Capitalism Meets Petty Capitalism in China: Alibaba and an Integrated Approach to Platformization. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION, 14, 114-134. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/
Zhang, L. (2018). The contradictions of “women’s work” in digital capitalism: a “non-Western”/Chinese perspective. Feminist Media Studies, 18(1), 147-151. doi:10.1080/14680777.2018.1407121
Zhang, L., & Frazier, T. (2017). ‘Playing the Chinese card’: Globalization and the aesthetic strategies of Chinese contemporary artists. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 20(6), 567-584. doi:10.1177/1367877915600554
Zhang, L. (2017). Fashioning the feminine self in “prosumer capitalism”: Women's work and the transnational reselling of Western luxury online. Journal of Consumer Culture, 17(2), 184-204. doi:10.1177/1469540515572239
Frazier, R. T., & Zhang, L. (2014). Ethnic identity and racial contestation in cyberspace: Deconstructing the Chineseness of Lou Jing. China Information, 28(2), 237-258. doi:10.1177/0920203x14532224
Zhang, L., & Fung, A. Y. H. (2014). Working as playing? Consumer labor, guild and the secondary industry of online gaming in China. New Media & Society, 16(1), 38-54. doi:10.1177/1461444813477077
Zhang, L., & Fung, A. (2013). The myth of “shanzhai” culture and the paradox of digital democracy in China. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 14(3), 401-416. doi:10.1080/14649373.2013.801608
Zhang, L. (n.d.). Third-person effect and gender in online gaming. First Monday, 18(1). doi:10.5210/fm.v18i1.4157