Yan Gu

Ph.D. 2022

Dissertation Project

How the Chinese Government’s Strategic Information Control Shapes Public Opinion and Boosts Authoritarian Resilience

Professional Background

Writer at Dedao APP; Columnist at Changjiang Daily


Statistical Analysis, Programming (Languages: Java, Python, SQL, R)



Yan Gu’s research focuses on how China’s extensive information control shapes public opinion and boosts China’s authoritarian resilience. Using web scraping, network analysis, online experiment and other computational social science methods, her dissertation collects large-scale, real-world behavior data to trace the subtle causal effects of the state’s control over the Internet, academia and the press.

Before joining the JSIS Ph.D. program, Yan received her M.A. in sociology from Peking University and worked for Changjiang Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Wuhan City, Hubei Province. Yan’s experience in the CCP’s propaganda apparatus inspired her to start a new career in studying Chinese politics.


Grants & Fellowships

  • Chinese Government Scholarship, Chinese Government, 2015 – 2018.
  • Top Scholar Fellowship, University of Washington, 2014 – 2015.
  • Dissertation Fellowship, The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, 2018-2019.

Dissertation Committee

Post Graduation


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