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ABOUT ME

Dr. Yang is the author of a forthcoming book on US right-wing media, titled Weapons of Mass Deception: How Right-wing Media Wage Information Warfare and Undermine American Democracy. His research on political communication and digital media has appeared in leading academic journals such as Journal of Communication and Political Communication. Dr. Yang is a member of the editorial board of Political Communication and a guest editor of the journal's forthcoming special issue "Multi-platform Research." His most recent publication is "Rethinking right-wing media in the wake of an attempted coup" in Media and January 6th published by Oxford University Press. A frequent media commentator, Dr. Yang has been interviewed by various news organizations including the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, AFP, CTV News, NPR, The Hill, The New Yorker, and Politiken. In 2022, he submitted his research on US right-wing media to the January 6 Committee as Statements for Record. 

Selected publications:

  • Yang, Y. (2024). Rethinking right-wing media in the awake of an attempted coup. In Khadijah White, Daniel Kreiss, Shannon McGregor & Rebekah Tromble (ed.) Media and January 6th (pp. 163-172). Oxford University Press. Link.

  • Yang, Y., Davis, T. & Hindman, M. (2023). Visual misinformation on Facebook. Journal of Communication. Link.

  • Yang, Y. & Bennett, L. (2021). Interactive Propaganda: How Fox News and Donald Trump co-produced false narratives about the Covid-19 crisis. In Peter Van Aelst & Jay Blumler (ed.) Political Communication in the Time of Coronavirus (pp. 83-100). Routledge. Link.

Op-ed:

  • Yunkang Yang, (2022). Alex Jones' lawsuit losses are not enough, NBC News. Link.

  • Yunkang Yang, Matthew Hindman & Trevor Davis, (2023).Visual misinformation is widespread on Facebook -- and often undercounted by researchers. The Conversation. Link.

Other Media Appearances:

  • Dan Bongino and the big business of returning Trump to Power (The New Yorker), Dec. 27, 2021

  • How Ivermectin became the new focus on the anti-vaccine movement (NPR), Sep. 19, 2021

  • Ivermectin disinformation leads to new kinds of chaos (The Hill), Sep. 29, 2021

  • After fueling the Capitol riot, disinformation still rampant in US politics (AFP), Jan. 6, 2022

  • Ontario government staffer out of a job after $100 donation to Ottawa blockade, others under scrutiny (CTV News), Feb. 16, 2022

  • How Alex Jones mainstreamed conspiracy theories (NPR), August 6, 2022

  • Hammeren er faldet for en af USA's største konspirationsteoretikere. Nu skal hans ligesindede til at vægte deres ord (Politiken), August 14, 2022

  • On Facebook, Visual Misinfo Widespread, Highly Asymmetric Across Party Lines (Tech Policy), March 3, 2023

  • Un quart des images politiques postées sur Facebook sont trompeuses (Science Avenir), March 14, 2023

  • Right-wing media reckoning: Some outlets pay a price after spreading 2020 election misinformation (NBC News), June 8, 2024

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Media & Politics

  • Computational Social Science

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 2020

  • M.A., Tsinghua University, 2013

  • B.A., Nanjing Normal University, 2011

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