Welcome. I am Xinzhi Zhang. I am currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Journalism of Hong Kong Baptist University, and situated in the University Research Cluster on Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.
As a social scientist by training, I am devoted to the interdisciplinary research on computational communication studies, digital politics, and digital humanities. My major research foci include (1) comparative political communication, digital politics, and digital culture; (2) the sociology of computational journalism; and (3) new media and public health. My research profile can be found on Google Scholar, Publons, and ResearchGate.
I have published 21 peer-reviewed research articles on top-tier journals such as Computers in Human Behavior, Social Science Computer Review, Health Communication, Digital Journalism, International Political Science Review, International Journal of Communication, among others. [Here is my publication list]
My research project has been funded by the General Research Fund (GRF) by the University Grants Committee (UGC), the Hong Kong SAR, an internationally competitive funding scheme. I also completed two projects supported by the Faculty Research Grant in Hong Kong Baptist University. [Here is the list of my research projects]
I have been appointed as the founding Programme Director of Master of Science in AI and Digital Media (2019 - Present), which is the first postgraduate programme of its kind in Hong Kong. I was one of the founding members—and later being appointed as the Programme Director—of Data and Media Communication Concentration (2017 - 19), an interdisciplinary undergraduate concentration on data-driven storytelling and computational journalism.