Welcome. I am Xinzhi Zhang, currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Journalism of Hong Kong Baptist University, and in University’s Augmented Creativity Lab, one of the six interdisciplinary research laboratories of the Hong Kong Baptist University.

As a social scientist by training, I am devoted to the interdisciplinary research on computational communication research and digital media. My major research areas include (1) comparative political communication, digital politics, and digital popular culture; (2) the sociology of computational journalism; and (3) digital media and public health. My research profiles can be found on Google Scholar, Publons, and ResearchGate.

I have published 23 peer-reviewed 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 full publication list]

I was awarded two research grants by the General Research Fund (GRF) by the University Grants Committee (UGC), the Hong Kong SAR, an internationally competitive funding scheme. I have also completed three research projects supported by 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), a pioneering interdisciplinary undergraduate concentration on data-driven storytelling and computational journalism.

I obtained Ph.D. in Media and Communication (2013) and M.A. with Distinction in Communication and New Media (2009) from the Department of Media and Communication at City University of Hong Kong.