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Song Shi

  • Affiliated Faculty




Dr. Shi specializes in media, digital media, social change, digital technologies, and related policies and regulations. At Pitt, he is also a member of the Asian Studies Center and the Center for Governance and Markets. Before joining Pitt, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of East Asian Studies at McGill University. From 2010 to 2013, he served as the Associate Director of the New Media Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Shi’s monograph China and the Internet: Using New Media for Development and Social Change won the Pitt Momentum Funds Microgrants in the Arts & Humanities award in 2022. The book has been peer-reviewed and accepted by Rutgers University Press.


Media and Communication International and Intercultural Communication Digital Media, Digital Technologies, and Related Policies Social Change and Social Activism


  • China and the Internet: Using New Media for Development and Social Change. Rutgers University Press, Full Manuscript Peer-Reviewed and Accepted.
  • “ICTs and Modernization in China,” in Servaes J. (ed.) Handbook of Communication for Development and Social Change, Springer: Singapore, 2020
  • “Search Engine Optimization in the social world,” in Jing Wang (ed.),  Internet Plus Social Good, 162–179 Publishing House of Electronics Industry: Beijing, 2016
  • “Tiger Gate: a case study of communication channels and technologies used by activists in a social change action in China,” in Jan Servaes (ed.),  Technological determinism and social change: Communication in a tech-mad world, pp. 259-280. Lexington Books, 2014
  • “The use of Web 2.0 style technologies among Chinese civil society organizations,” Telematics and Informatics 30.4, 346–358, 2013
  • [Coauthored with J. Servaes, E. Polk, D. Reilly, and T.Yakupitijage]. “Towards a framework of sustainability indicators for 'communication for development and social change projects,” International Communication Gazette 74.2, 99-123, 2012

Courses Taught

  • Media Criticism 
  • Cross Cultural Communication 
  • Media and Consumer Culture
  • East Asia in the World: New Media in East Asia