Barnard Sociology Professor Guobin Yang has spent the past decade studying how Chinese citizens have harnessed social networking and the Internet as tools for civic activism. His latest book, The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online, published in 2009 by Columbia University Press, documents the rise of this phenomenon, drawing on Yang's 10 years of experience monitoring online bulletin boards, conducting case studies and surveys, and collecting personal narratives of those whose lives have been transformed by the Web.
Barnard history professor came to the College in 2001 after completing three years of post-doctoral study at N.Y.U. A South Asian historian, Rao became interested in critiques of South Asian history and anthropology as an undergrad at the University of Chicago, a noted center for such studies.
Guobin Yang's pioneering study maps an innovative range of contentious forms and practices linked to Chinese cyberspace, delineating a nuanced and dynamic image of the Chinese Internet as an arena for creativity, community, conflict, and control.