Chin-Chuan Lee is Chair Professor of Communication at the City University of Hong Kong, where he founded the Center for Communication Research (2005) and the Department of Media and Communication (2008). During his tenure at the University of Minnesota, he also established the China Times Center for Media and Social Studies (1989) and the U.S.-based Chinese Communication Association (1990). He won the B. Audrey Fisher Mentorship Award of the International Communication Association (ICA) in 2014. His books include Media Imperialism Reconsidered: The Homogenizing of Television Culture (1980); Mass Media and Political Transition: Hong Kong’s Press in China’s Orbit (1991; with Joseph Man Chan); Global Media Spectacle: News War over Hong Kong (2002; with Joseph Man Chan, Zhongdang Pan, and Clement So); Communication, Public Opinion, and Globalization in Urban China (with Francis Lap-fung Lee et al., 2013); Chaoyue xifang baoquan (Beyond Western Hegemony: Media and Chinese Modernity, 2004); Wenren lunzheng (Literati and the Press in Modern China, 2008); and Baoren baoguo (To Serve the Nation: Journalists as Prisms of Chinese Press History, 2013). The four volumes under his editorship have become part of the basic literature on Chinese media studies: Voices of China: The Interplay of Politics and Journalism (1990); China’s Media, Media’s China (1994); Power, Money, and Media: Communication Patterns and Bureaucratic Control in Cultural China (2000); Chinese Media, Global Contexts (2003).
Rodney Benson is Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Sociology at New York University. He has also been a visiting professor at universities in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, and Norway. Benson is the author of Shaping Immigration News: A French-American Comparison (Cambridge, 2013) and of numerous articles on comparative media systems and field theory. He is the coauthor with Matthew Powers of Public Media and Political Independence (Free Press/Open Society, 2011) and coeditor with Erik Neveu of Bourdieu and the Journalistic Field (Polity, 2005; Chinese translation forthcoming 2015). His current research examines the logics of commercial, public, and civil society media ownership. Benson holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California–Berkeley.
Tsan-Kuo Chang is Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at the City University of Hong Kong. He earned his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He received the Outstanding Contributions Award from the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in 2005. In addition to three books, his articles have appeared in such journals as Communication Research, International Communication Gazette, International Journal of Press/Politics, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, New Media & Society, Political Communication, and Public Opinion Quarterly.
Michael Curtin is the Mellichamp Professor of Global Studies in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also director of the Media Industries Project at the Carsey-Wolf Center. Curtin’s books include The American Television Industry (2009); Reorienting Global Communication: Indian and Chinese Media beyond Borders (2010); and Playing to the World’s Biggest Audience: The Globalization of Chinese Film and TV (2007). He is currently at work on Media Capital: The Cultural Geography of Globalization. With Paul McDonald, he is coeditor of the International Screen Industries book series for the British Film Institute and, with Louis Leung, he is coeditor of the Chinese Journal of Communication.
Peter Dahlgren is professor emeritus at the Department of Communication and Media, Lund University, Sweden. His work focuses on media and democracy, from the horizons of late modern social and cultural theory. More specifically, he often addresses the theme of democratic participation, in particular in relation to the digital media. Active in European academic networks, he has also been a visiting scholar at several universities in Europe and the United States. Along with journal articles and book chapters, his recent publications include The Political Web (Palgrave, 2013), Media and Political Engagement (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and the coedited volume Young People, ICTs and Democracy (Nordicom, 2010).
Elihu Katz is Trustee Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and emeritus professor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His books include The End of Television? (with Paddy Scannell), Media Events (with Daniel Dayan), The Export of Meaning (with Tamar Liebes), and a fiftieth-anniversary edition of Personal influence (with Paul Lazarsfeld). He holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Ghent, Haifa, Montreal, Paris, Rome (La Sapienza), Bucharest, Quebec, and Northwestern.
Paolo Mancini is Professor in the Department of Institution and Society at the University of Perugia, Italy, where he chairs the undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and the PhD program in Social and Political Theory and Research. He was a fellow at Harvard and Oxford. His major publications in English include Politics, Media and Modern Democracy (with David Swanson); Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics (with Daniel Hallin); and Comparing Media Systems beyond the Western World (coedited with Daniel Hallin).
Judy Polumbaum is Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and was a visiting professor at the City University of Hong Kong during 2012 and 2013. Her research interests include journalism and mass media in contemporary China, freedom of expression, and the interactions of media, sport, and culture. She has a background in newspaper reporting, magazine journalism, and photojournalism.
Arvind Rajagopal is Professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication, and affiliate faculty in the Departments of Sociology and Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. He has published articles in scholarly journals. He is editor of The Indian Public Sphere (Oxford, 2009) and Politics after Television (monograph, Cambridge, 2001), and has three other volumes to his credit. Politics after Television won the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize from the Association of Asian Studies in 2003. He has won awards from the MacArthur and Rockefeller Foundations, and has also been a member of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is currently completing a book under contract with Duke University Press titled After Decolonization: The Cultural Politics of Globalization in India.
Jan Servaes is Chair Professor and head of the Department of Media and Communication at the City University of Hong Kong. He was UNESCO Chair in Communication for Sustainable Social Change at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the editor-in-chief of Telematics and Informatics (Elsevier), and editor of book series on “Communication for Development and Social Change” and “Communication, Globalization and Cultural Identity.” He has undertaken research, development, and advisory work around the world and is known as the author of journal articles and books on such topics as international and development communication; ICT and media policies; intercultural communication and language; participation and social change; and human rights and conflict management. His latest book is Sustainability, Participation, and Culture in Communication. Theory and Praxis (Bristol: Intellect; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012).
Colin Sparks is Chair Professor of Media Studies in the School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University. He is one of the founding editors of Media, Culture and Society. He has written widely on different aspects of the mass media. His most recent work is on the comparative study of media systems in societies undergoing rapid political and economic change. He holds a doctoral degree in Cultural Studies from the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, but his subsequent work is more easily located within the tradition of political economy.
Jaap van Ginneken was a longtime associate professor at the International School and Communication Science Department of the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. On the one hand, he published several studies on media images of other cultures, such as Understanding Global News (1998), about current events, and Screening Difference (2007), about Hollywood blockbusters. On the other hand, he wrote about rapid shifts in large groups, with Crowds, Psychology and Politics (1992), Collective Behavior and Public Opinion (2003), and Mass Movements (2007), Mood Contagion (2013), and Political Hubris in Western Leaders (2014). He is currently an independent speaker and writer based near Nice in southern France.
Silvio Waisbord is Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics. His last book is Reinventing Professionalism: News and Journalism in Global Perspective (Polity, 2013).
Zhang Longxi is Chair Professor of Comparative Literature and Translation at the City University of Hong Kong. He is an elected foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, and also of Academia Europaea. He is an advisory editor of New Literary History. His books in English include The Tao and the Logos: Literary Hermeneutics, East and West (Duke, 1992); Mighty Opposites: From Dichotomies to Differences in the Comparative Study of China (Stanford, 1998); Allegoresis: Reading Canonical Literature East and West (Cornell, 2005); Unexpected Affinities: Reading across Cultures (Toronto, 2007); an edited volume, The Concept of Humanity in an Age of Globalization (V&R Unipress, 2012); and From Comparison to World Literature (forthcoming from SUNY Press, 2015).