Jun Liu

Jun Liu

Associate Professor

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My research stands at the intersection of communication, technology, politics, and society with particular attention to the social, cultural, and political implications of digital communication. Drawing upon theories from communication, sociology, and political science, my research focuses on how digital technology interacts with socio-cultural forms and settings and generates new power dynamics in politics from a comparative perspective.
Selected Awards:
  • Top Papers in Mobile Communication Mobile Communication Interest Group, The International Communication Association, 2019
  • Best Dissertation Award, The Information Technology and Politics Section of American Political Science Association, 2014
  • Best Paper Award, The 2014 International Communication Association Mobile Preconference, 2014

Research managements: 

PI, The Danish Independent Research Fund’s Research Leader 2021 "To Use or Not to Use? A Relational Approach to ICTs as Repertoire of Contention" (2022-2025)

Co-PI, Research Network “Ruling through Division: Categorizing People and Resources in Contemporary China,” Independent Research Fund Denmark, 2021-2024.

Co-PI, the International Network Programme “Content Moderation Assemblages: Filtering Glocal Communities (FILTER),” Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science, 2021-2022.

Primary fields of research

  • Information and communication technologies
  • Political communication
  • Political sociology
  • Comparative politics
  • Computational methods
  • Collective action

Current research

  • Communication and contention in the digital age, with a synthetic, communication-centered framework
  • Mundane, everyday politics that looks beyond contentious moments
  • Visual communication and contention that explores images as a kind of "hidden transcript" in authoritarian regimes

Fields of interest

  • Political Communication
  • Political Sociology
  • Social Theory
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies
  • Comparative Study
  • Sociology of China


  • Communication and IT
  • Digital media
  • Media sociology
  • China politics & media system

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Shifting Dynamics of Contention in the Digital Age: Mobile Communication and Politics in China

    Liu, Jun, 2020, Oxford University Press. (Studies in Mobile Communication).

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Social Data Governance: Towards a Definition and Model

    Liu, Jun, 2022, In: Big Data & Society. 9, 2

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  3. Published

    More Than Plain Text: Censorship Deletion in The Chinese Social Media

    Liu, Jun & Zhao, J., 2021, In: Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 72, 1, p. 18-31

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  4. Published

    Multimodal Connectedness and Communication Patterns: A comparative study across Europe, the U.S., and China

    Zhou, B., Su, C. C. & Liu, Jun, 1 Jul 2021, In: New Media & Society. 23, 7, p. 1773–1797

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  5. Published

    Information and Communication Technologies as Contentious Repertoire

    Liu, Jun, 2020, In: European Journal of Sociology. 61, 1, p. 1-31

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  6. Published

    From ‘Moments of Madness’ to ‘the Politics of Mundanity’: Researching Digital Media and Contentious Collective Actions in China

    Liu, Jun, 2017, In: Social Movement Studies. 16, 4, p. 418-432 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  7. Published

    Comparative Communication Studies Within and Beyond Greater China

    Liu, Jun & Su, C. C., 2021, In: International Communication Gazette. 83, 5, p. 393-403

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  8. E-pub ahead of print

    Leading with hearts and minds: Emotion contagion in China’s online activism

    Liu, N. & Liu, Jun, 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Social Movement Studies.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  9. Published

    Social Media and Collective Remembrance: The debate over China’s Great Famine on weibo

    Zhao, H. & Liu, Jun, 2015, In: China Perspectives. 1, p. 41-48 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

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