YANG, Tian

YANG, Tian

Assistant Professor

Tsinghua University

National University of Singapore

University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

  • Digital media
  • Computational social science
  • Political communication
  • Digital inequalities


Teaching Interests

  • New media and society
  • Computational social science


Advice to students

  • Be serious.


Professional Awards

  • Top Student Paper Award, Communication Methods Division, ICA, 2022
  • Top Student Paper Award, Mass Communication Division, NCA, 2018

Publication List :

Huang, S., & Yang, T. (2024). Auditing entertainment traps on YouTube: How do recommendation algorithms pull users away from news. Political Communication, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1080/10584609.2024.2343769 View>
Guo, Y., Li, Y., &Yang, T. (Corresponding author) (Online first). Civilizing Social Media: The Effect of Geolocation on the Incivility of News Comments. New Media & Society. View>
Zhou, A., Yang, T.,& González-Bailón, S. (Online first). The Puzzle of Misinformation: Exposure to Unreliable Information in the U.S. is Higher among the Better Informed. New Media & Society. View>
Mukerjee, S., Yang, T., & Peng, Y. (2023). Metrics in Action: How social media metrics shape news production on Facebook. Journal of Communication, 73(3), 260–272. View>
Cai, W., Feng, F., Wang, Q., Yang, T., Liu, Z., & Xu, C. (2023). A Causal View for Item-level Effect of Recommendation on User Preference. In Proceedings of the 16th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM 2023), Singapore. View>
Peng, Y., Yang, T., & Fang, K. (Online first). The dark side of entertainment? How viral entertaining media build an attention base for the far-right politics of The Epoch Times. New Media & Society, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1177/14614448231205893 View>
Huang, S., & Yang, T.(co-first author) (2022). No Trade-offs between Online News and Entertainment: Evidence from Online Engagement Data. New Media & Society.
Mukerjee, S., Yang, T., Stadler, G., & González-Bailón, S. (2022). What Counts as a Weak Tie? A Comparison of Filtering Techniques to Analyze Co-Exposure Networks. Social Networks, 68, 386–393.
Yang, T., Ticona, J., & Lelkes, Y. (2021). Policing the Digital Divide: Institutional Gate-keeping & Criminalizing Digital Inclusion. Journal of Communication, 71(4), 572–597.
Yang, T., & Fang, K. (2021). How Dark Corners Collude: A Study on an Online Chinese Alt-Right Community. Information, Communication & Society.
Peng, Y., & Yang, T. (corresponding author) (2021). Anatomy of Audience Duplication Networks: How Individual Characteristics Differentially Contribute to Fragmentation in News Consumption and Trust. New Media & Society.
Zhang, W., Yang, T., & Perrault, S. (2021). Nudge for Reflection: More than Just a Channel to Political Knowledge. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference Full Papers on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2021), Yokohama, Japan.
Yang, T., Wang, Y., & Zhang, W. (2021). Effects of Knowledge and Reflection in Intrapersonal Deliberation. Journal of Deliberative Democracy, 17(1), 134–148.
Mukerjee, S., & Yang, T. (co-first author) (2021). Choosing to Avoid? A Conjoint Experimental Study to Understand Selective Exposure and Avoidance on Social Media. Political Communication, 38(3), 222–240.
Yang, T., Majó-Vázquez, S., Nielsen, R., & González-Bailón, S. (2020). Exposure to News Grows less Fragmented with Increase in Mobile Access. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(46), 28678–28683.
Yang, T., & Peng, Y. (2020). The Importance of Trending Topics in the Gatekeeping of Social Media News Engagement: A Natural Experiment on Weibo. Communication Research.
Zhang, W., & Yang, T. (2020). The Interaction between Perceived Procedural Fairness and Perceived Disagreement in Deliberation. Acta Politica, 55(2), 199–220.
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