The (C.V.) Curriculum Vitae of Maria Repnikova
Assistant Professor in Global Communication Director, Center for Global Information Studies
Department of Communication
Georgia State University
25 Park Place, Suite 928
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
Chinese (Mandarin), Latvian, Russian, Spanish
D.Phil. (Ph.D.) Politics, University of Oxford, 2014
M.Phil. Politics, University of Oxford, Rhodes Scholar, 2009
B.S. Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 2006, cum laude
Postdoctoral Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 2014-2016
Research Scholar, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania, 2015-2016
Visiting Research Fellow, Government Department, Georgetown University, 2013 – 2015 Asan Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow, Stimson Center, 2013-2014
Associated Researcher, Social Anthropology Department, University of Cambridge, 2013-2015
Visiting Fellow, Carnegie Moscow Center, Moscow, Russia, 2010
Major Grants and Fellowships
Social Science Research Council Transregional Junior Research Fellow, 2018-2019. National Committee on US-China Relations Public Intellectuals Fellow (PIP), 2017-2019 Wai Seng Senior Research Scholar in Asia-Pacific Studies, University of Oxford, 2010
Rhodes Scholar, 2007
Fulbright Scholar, 2006
Additional Competitive Awards and Scholarships
Writing Up Grant, University of Oxford, 2012
Conference Travel Grant, University of Oxford, 2012
Modern Chinese Studies Research Travel Grant, University of Oxford China Centre, 2012
Elliott Brown Bursary, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, 2011
Leverhulme Trust Grant for Chinese Studies, University of Oxford, 2011
Au Ping-Reyes Graduate Research Grant, Asian Studies Centre, University of Oxford, 2010
Contemporary China Studies Programme Research Grant, University of Oxford, 2010
Fitzpatrick Travel Grant, St Antony's College, University of Oxford, 2010
Alexander Kendrick Scholarship and Overseas Press Club Foundation’s Award, 2009
Founding member, British Council Young Transatlantic Leadership Network, 2009
St. Antony's Carr & Stahl Travel Fund, University of Oxford, 2009
Transatlantic Network 2020 Membership Award, British Council, 2008
Contemporary China Studies Programme Travel Grant, Oxford University, 2008
Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism (Cambridge University Press: 2017)
Media Politics in China: Improvising Power under Authoritarianism theorizes about participatory channels under authoritarianism through the prism of the relationship between China’s critical journalists and the party-state in the past decade. Drawing on over 120 in-depth interviews with journalists, officials, and experts, it depicts their routine interactions, as well as their dynamics following national crisis events. The book portrays the relationship between the two actors a fluid collaboration, characterized by “guarded improvisation,” whereby the two actors make continuous creative adjustments in response to one another under the shadow of the party-state.
Other Selected Current Projects:
Reimagining Soft Power: The Mosaic of the China Brand interrogates whether a non-Western, state-driven soft power project can offer a viable alternative to the American Dream, especially in parts of the world where the US power is being contested, such as Africa, and specifically, Ethiopia. By positioning major Chinese cultural diplomacy efforts on the ground against their American counterparts, this book aims at reformulating cultural and discursive power through the lens of the Chinese experience and thereby to expand and perhaps even question (and unravel) the long-standing US-centric soft power conception coined by Joseph Nye and widely used by international relations theorists.
“Digital Media Experiments in China: ‘Revolutionizing’ Persuasion under Xi” (with Kecheng Fang). China Quarterly (Forthcoming).
"Contesting Authoritarianism: Critical Journalists in China and Russia." Comparative Politics 51 (1) (2018): 41-60.
“Authoritarian Participatory Persuasion 2.0: Netizens as Thought Work Collaborators in China” (with Kecheng Fang). Journal of Contemporary China 27 (113) (2018): 763-779.
"Demistifying 'Little Pink': The creation and evolution of a gendered label for nationalistic activists in China" (with Kecheng Fang). New Media & Society (2018).
"Media Openings and Political Transitions: Glasnost versus Yulun Jiandu." Problems of Post-Communism 64 (2017): 141-151.
“Thought Work Contested: Ideology and Journalism Education in China.” The China Quarterly 230 (2017): 399-419.
“Information Management During Crisis Events: A Case Study of Beijing Floods of 2012.” Journal of Contemporary China 26 (107) (2017): 711-725.
“The Party’s Shadow in China’s Journalism Education.” China Quarterly, 230 (2017): 399-419.
“Propaganda during Crisis Events: A Case Study of Beijing Floods of 2012.” Journal of Contemporary China (2017): 1-15.
“Social Media and the State in China,” in Sandra Gonzalez Bailon and Brooke Foucault-Welles (eds) Communication in the Networked Age (Oxford University Press: forthcoming)
"Why Chinese Print Journalists Embrace the Internet"(with Jonathan Hassid), Journalism 17 (2016).
“Investigative Journalists' Coping Tactics in a Restrictive Media Environment,” in Marina Svensson, Elin Sæther and Zhang Zhi'an (eds), Chinese Investigative Journalists' Dreams (Lexington Books: 2014).
"Migration between China and Russia" (with Harley Balzer) Post-Soviet Affairs 26:1 (2010), pp. 1-37.
“Persuasion 2.0: New Modes of Digital Propaganda in China” (with Kecheng Fang) (under review).
"Looking Back on the Seventieth Anniversary of Japan's Surrender" The Journal of Asian Studies, Volume 74, Issue 4, November 2015, pp. 797-820
Public Scholarship Articles, Reports, and Essays
“Media Politics Under Xi: Shifts and Continuities.” SAIS Review (Forthcoming).
“How Chinese Authorities and Individuals Use the Internet.” The Hoover Institute, October 29, 2018; Full text available here.
“Media Oversight in Non-Democratic Regimes: The Perspectives of Officials and Journalists in China,” PARGC Paper 3 (Philadelphia: PARGC Press, 2015); Full text available here.
“Domestic Factors in China's International Relations Discourse: Chinese Debates on the Role of Public Opinion,” The Asan Forum 2:2 (2014).
“China in Africa: a New Approach to Media Development?” (with Iginio Gagliardone and Nicole Stremleau) Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University (August, 2010).
“Chinese Migration to Russia: Missed Opportunities,” (with Harley Balzer) Eurasian Migration Papers 3 (2009), Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
“#MeToo movement in China: Powerful yet fragile” (with Weile Zhou). Al Jazeera Opinion. October 22, 2018.
Interviewed by NPR for a segmented titled, “Chinese Leaders Leverage Media To Shape How The World Perceives China.” October 4, 2018
“China’s Lessons for Fighting Fake News.” Foreign Policy. September 26, 2018.
“Impact of Google Returning to China Will Reach Beyond Chinese Market.” The Globe Post, August 18, 2018.
Sinica Podcast: “Critical Journalism” Explained by Maria Repnikova, February 15, 2018.
“The Varied Views of Dissidents in China—A Response to James Palmer.” Los Angeles Review of Books Blog. July 19, 2017.
“Liu Xiaobo is Gone, But Resistance Continues.” Dissent. July 18, 2017.
“China’s New Media: Pushing Political Boundaries Without Being Political” (with Fang Kecheng), Foreign Affairs, October 12, 2016.
“Behind the Fall of China’s Greatest Newspaper” (with Kecheng Fang), Foreign Policy, January 29, 2015.
“Google is returning to China? It never really left” (with Tim Libert), The Guardian, September 21, 2015.
“Is this China’s Chernobyl Moment?” OpenDemocracy, August 26, 2015.
Participated in ChinaFile Conversation on the Tianjin Explosion, August 18, 2015.
Interviewed by Politico magazine on China’s media coverage of US elections, July 3, 2015.
Interviewed by Al Jazeera English on China's gains in Ukraine, March 15, 2014.
“Sochi 2014: Celebrating Authoritarianism” (with Elena Minina), Al Jazeera English, February 8, 2014.
“The Putin-Khodorkovsky Dichotomy: The Media Got it All Wrong” (with Elena Minina), Al Jazeera English, December 29, 2013.
Interviewed by AFP for a report on Bo Xilai and China's historical memory, June 10, 2013 (Carol Huang, “China Expunges Bo's Once Stellar Reputation,” AFP News, August 4, 2013).
Interviewed by BBC News for a report on Chinese media, May 12, 2013 (Celia Hatton, “How a Chinese Journalist Took on a Top Official,” BBC News, May 14, 2013)
“China's Journalists Are No Revolutionaries,” The Wall Street Journal, January 15, 2013
“China's Xi Inherits New Approaches to Changing Media Landscapes,” World Politics Review, November 15, 2012.
Conferences and Invited Presentations
Invited Speaker, “Governance In An Emerging New World: China,” Hoover Institution, October 29, 2018.
Invited Speaker, StratCom, Atlantic Council, October 2, 2018.
“The Role of the Media During the Wenchuan Earthquake,” Annual Asian Studies Conference, Washington, DC, April 24, 2018.
“Media Politics in China,” Invited Speaker, Munk School, University of Toronto, March 15, 2018.
“Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism,” Invited Speaker, UC Berkeley, February 23, 2018.
“Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism,” Invited Speaker, Stanford University, February 21, 2018
“Chinese Media Politics,” Invited Speaker, Political Science Department, CUNY, Albany, February 7, 2018.
“Media and Ideology Under Xi,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, January 29, 2018.
“Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism,” Invited Speaker, SOAS, London, November 22, 2017.
“Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism,” New Scholarship from the China Centre: Chinese Politics and Power, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, November 21, 2017.
“Media Politics in China and Russia,” Invited Speaker, King’s College, London, November 20, 2017.
"Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism," Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard University, November 16, 2017.
“Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism,” Invited Speaker, China-India Speakers Colloquium, The New School, New York, November 3, 2017
“Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism,” Invited Speaker, National Committee on US-China Relations, New York, November 2, 2017.
“Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism,” Invited Speaker, Columbia Journalism School, New York, November 2, 2017.
“Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism,” Invited Speaker, Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania, September 25, 2017.
“State-Led Social Media Experiments: The Tensions of Fragmented Authoritarianism” (with Kecheng Fang), Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, September 3, 2017.
“China in Comparative Perspective,” Invited Speaker, Harvard-Yenching Program, Fudan University, June 10-20, 2017.
“Media Politics in China under Xi,” Invited Speaker, Justice and Development in China Colloquium, UC Irvine, April 20, 2017.
"Critical Journalists and the State in China: Grasping Transformations on the Boundary," UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, April 18, 2017.
“Media Politics in China: Improvising Power under Authoritarianism,” Invited Speaker, Series on Society and Politics of the Asia-Pacific, Northwestern University, April 4, 2017.
“Media Politics in China: Improvising Power under Authoritarianism,” Invited Speaker, The Center for East Asian Studies, University of Chicago, April 3, 2017.
“From Economic to Social Media Experiments: The Tensions of Fragmented Authoritarianism,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Toronto, March 17, 2017.
“Critical Journalists in China and Russia,” China and Russia Comparative Politics Workshop (Part II), Notre Dame University, March 9-11, 2017.
“Authoritarian Adaptability: Comparative Trajectories in China and Russia,” Discussant, International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, February 22, 2017.
“Internet and Non-Violent Resistance under Authoritarian Rule,” Discussant, International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, February 25, 2017.
“Critical Journalists in China and Russia,” China and Russia Comparative Politics Workshop (Part I), Cornell University, Department of Government, September 16, 2016.
“China Learns from the Soviet Union: Contrasting glasnost with yulun jiandu,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, September 1-4, 2016.
“Whither Authoritarian Resilience: Challenges Facing the Chinese party-state,” Panel Chair, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, September 1-4, 2016.
“China and Russia: Communication and Power in Non-Western Societies” (panel organizer and presenter), International Communications Association, Fukuoka, Japan, June 9-13, 2016.
“Beijing Floods and Crisis Communication,” Global Cities/Local Knowledge: Networking the World Conference, Fudan University, Shanghai, June 5-7, 2016.
“Media Management in China and Russia: A Preemptive versus a Reactive Approach,” Comparing Media Systems in BRICS Countries: A Review of Conventional Paradigms Conference, Moscow, Russia, April 25-26, 2016.
“China in the World: China-Russia Relations,” National Committee on US-China Relations, New York, April 18, 2016.
“Media Management and Authoritarian Resilience under Xi Jinping,” Asian Studies Association Annual Conference, Seattle, April 1st, 2016.
“Censorship, Self-Censorship and Restraint in Research on IR II,” Committee Panel, International Studies Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, March 17, 2016.
“Critical Journalists and the State in China and Russia,” International Studies Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, March 19, 2016.
“World War II and the Geopolitics of Memory,” Panel Discussion, Columbia University, November 13, 2015.
“Critical Journalists and the State in China: The Case of Guarded Improvisation,” Cornell University, East Asia Program, Contemporary China Initiative Lecture Series, October 5, 2015.
“Different Modes of Authoritarianism: Critical Journalists in China and Russia,” Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 6, 2015.
“Participatory Persuasion 2.0: China’s Digital Propaganda under Xi” (with Kecheng Fang), China Internet Research Conference, Edmonton, Canada, May 27, 2015.
“Limited Political Openings under Authoritarianism: Critical Journalists and the State in China and Russia,” Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April 16-19, 2015.
“The Limits of Official Transparency Initiatives on Media Investigations in China,” Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April 16-19, 2015.
“The Party’s Shadow in Journalism Education,” Association for Asian Studies Conference, March 26-29, 2015.
“Xi’s Approach to the Media,” presented at a panel on media management in authoritarian regimes, Annenberg School for Communication, February 12, 2015.
“The Dynamic Constraints on China’s Critical Journalists: The Bottom-Up Perspective,” Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, November 6, 2014.
“Jazz Band Authoritarianism: Critical Journalists and the State in China,” Annenberg School for Communication, October 7, 2014.
“The China Factor in the US Think Tank Community: How American Policy Experts Analyze China,” presented at the conference titled “The Chinese Media and Relations with Europe,” Clingendael Institute and Leiden University, Hague, May 16, 2014.
“Chinese views on Russia and the Evolving Bilateral Relations,” presented at China-Russia workshop hosted by CNA, China Division, February 12, 2014.
“Critical Journalists and the State in China and Russia,” presented at the Royal Netherlands Academy Colloquium, titled “The 'New Authoritarianism': China and Russia in Comparative Perspective,” Amsterdam, November 27, 2013.
“The Media's Watchdog Role Following Crises: Media Criticisms and Official Reactions Following the Wenchuan Earthquake,” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 2013
“How Chinese Party-State Controls Critical Reporting: The Bottom-Up Perspective,” Paper presented at 2013 Oxford China Conference, St Antony's College, May 11, 2013
“Political Boundaries: Watchdog Media and the State in China and Russia,” Guest Talk at the University of Cambridge, Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit, May 7, 2013
“State-Promoted Accountability Mechanisms in Authoritarian Regimes: Watchdog Media Function in China's Official Discourse,” Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 2012 (posted on SSRL).
“The Media's Watchdog Role in China: the State's Promotion and Journalists' Interpretation,” University of Oxford, conference titled: “Chinese Media Legislation and Regulation: Trends, Issues and Questions,” June 15, 2012.
“Frenemy: How Chinese Journalists Perceive the Internet” (with Jonathan Hassid), 10th Chinese Internet Research Conference, University of Southern California Annenberg School, May 21, 2012.
“Advocates of Change in Authoritarian Regimes: How Chinese Lawyers and Chinese and Russian Journalists Stay out of Trouble,” Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Seattle, September 3, 2011.
“How Journalists Use Social Media in China and in Russia”, Georgetown Alumni Club, London, event titled: “The Impact of Social Media on Civil Engagement,” May 6, 2011.
“The Different Media Practices in China: Lack of a Coherent Media Model”, University of Oxford, conference titled: “China's Media Assistance to Africa,” June 10, 2010.
“The Interlink between the New Modes of Communication and Critical Reporting in China and in Russia,” Harriman Institute, Columbia University, conference titled: “The Etiology and Ecology of Post-Soviet Media,” May 7, 2010.
“Media and Politics in China and Russia: Differences and Parallels”, Moscow Carnegie Center, talk given to Carnegie experts and Russian journalists, April 27, 2010.
Communication in Global Contexts, PhD Seminar, Georgia State University
Authoritarianism in Global Age, Honors College, Georgia State University
Chinese Media, Politics and Society, Masters Level, Georgia State University
International Communication, Masters Level, Georgia State University
Guest Lecturer for the Russian Media and Society course, University of Pennsylvania, April 14, 2015
Guest Lecturer for the Chinese Media and Society course, University of Pennsylvania, Mach 26, 2015
Guest Lecturer on China's civil society activism, Foreign Service Institute, April 28, 2014
Guest Lecturer for the Media and Democratisation in Asia Course, University of Leeds, April 17 and April 24, 2013
Guest Lecturer for Russia and China in the Global Economy Course, Georgetown University, September 15, 2012
Tutor in Modern Politics of China, Politics, Philosophy and Economics Programme, Oxford University, January 2012-July 2012
Tutor, Hertford College, Oxford Programme for Undergraduate Study (OPUS), and School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, January 2010-January 2012
Tutored and designed syllabi for undergraduate and graduate international exchange students on Asian and Chinese politics and society, Chinese modern economic history, and British media and society, and media and democratization.
Tutor for the Government of China Course, Masters Programme in Contemporary Chinese Studies,
Oxford University, January-July, 2010
Other Work Experience
Graduate Editor of Politics in Spires Blog, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, May 2011-January 2012
Edited a new Oxford and Cambridge politics blog (http://www.politicsinspires.org)
Expanded the blog by writing and assigning posts on international issues
Researcher for the China-Africa-Europe Media Project, Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Centre of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, March 2010-October 2010
Created the initial China-Africa-Europe Media research network and organized a workshop on China’s media assistance to Africa
Co-founder of the “Bridging Realities” Project for the British Council, November, 2009-December 2010
Conducted, edited, and assembled a series of interviews with scholars, journalists, and policy-makers in China, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States on their perceptions of transatlantic relations
Reuters Fellow, Reuters TV, Beijing, July 2009-September 2009
Produced news and feature stories on society and politics in Beijing
Conducted extensive interviews in Mandarin
Daily Briefs Contributor, Oxford Analytica, Oxford, November 2007-current
Wrote analytical reports on economic, social, and political events in China and Russia
Specialized in China-Russia relations and comparative political issues
Corporate Communications Intern, Google Ltd., London and Moscow, June 2008- September 2008
Helped build up the emerging markets team of corporate communications, with a focus on Russia