Welcome. I am Xinzhi Zhang, an Associate Professor with tenure at the Department of Interactive Media in the School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU).

My research areas include political communication, digital journalism, digital public health campaigns, and computational social science. My research aims to advance two lines of intellectual inquiry: (1) how people receive, process, and engage with information and viewpoints on politics and public health via social media and (2) how digital technologies change how news is produced and delivered. I devote myself to computational communication research, using digital data and computational methods for theory-driven social science research. My study aims to help public sectors and media organizations design and evaluate public communication campaigns, conduct evidence-based interventions to reduce bias, inequality, and miscommunication amid political polarization and information disorder, and promote more diverse, open, and deliberative dialogues within society. My research profiles are on Google Scholar, ResearchGate, and Scopus.

I have published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in top-tier journals such as Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Social Media + Society, Journalism, Social Science Computer Review, Health Communication, and Digital Journalism. [Here is my publication list]

I was awarded two research grants from the General Research Fund (GRF) by the University Grants Committee (UGC), the Hong Kong SAR, a prestigious internationally competitive funding scheme. I have also completed a research project funded by the former Public Policy Research Funding Scheme (PPR) from the then Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office (PICO) of the Hong Kong SAR Government. [Here is the list of my funded research projects]

I am the recipient of HKBU’s Performance Award as Young Researcher and HKBU’s Performance Award in Teaching. I also won top paper awards from the International Communication Association (ICA) and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

I am the Editorial Board Member of Digital Journalism and Chinese Journal of Communication.

I obtained Ph.D. in Media and Communication (2013) and an M.A. with Distinction in Communication and New Media (2009) from the Department of Media and Communication at City University of Hong Kong. I have been a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Communication at University of California, Davis in fall 2022.

[Updated: Nov 2023]