I am an assistant professor in applied consumer analytics and strategic communication in the Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia. I received my Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

My scholarship is at the intersection of computational social science, visual communication, and media effects. My research applies cutting-edge computer vision methods to investigate the production and effects of visual messages across different communication contexts. I am also interested in science communication, especially public perceptions of artificial intelligence technologies, such as facial recognition and self-driving cars. My works have been published (or are forthcoming) in leading venues both in communication and human-computer interaction, including the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, New Media & Society, Public Understanding of Science, the International Journal of Press/Politics, and the Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. My scholarship has received several top (student) paper awards at the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association. I received my M.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and B.S. degree from Peking University.