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Welcome to my webpage. My name is Yuanyuan Zhang. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My advisor was Dr. Kristen Harrison

Contact

zhang26 AT illinois DOT EDU

Education

  • Ph.D., Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A., Department of Communication Sciences, University of Connecticut
  • B.A., Department of English Language and Literature, Sichuan University

Research Interest

My primary research interest is in the social and psychological effects of mass media. Most of my work focuses on the effects of mass media on young people’s sexual health and body image.  For more information about my research experience, please see Research.

Selected publications

  • Zhang, Y., Dixon, T., & Conrad, K. (in press). Female Body Image as a Function of Themes in Rap Music Videos: A Content Analysis. Sex Roles.
  • Zhang, Y., Dixon, T., & Conrad, K. (2009). Rap Music Videos and African American Women’s Body Image: The Moderating Role of Ethnic Identity. Journal of Communication, 59, 262-278. Top communication article of 2009 selected by the editor as having a wide appeal to JOC readers.
  • Zhang, Y., Miller, L., Harrison, K. (2008). The relationship between exposure to sexual music videos and young adults’ sexual attitudes. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 52, 368-386.

For a complete listing of my publications, please see Publications.

Teaching

  • SPCM 101: Public Speaking (Fall 2006 – Fall 2008), Instructor, Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • SPCM 277: Media of Public Discourse (Summer 2006), Instructor, Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
For more information about my teaching experience, please see Teaching.

Honors and Awards

  • Top communication article of 2009 from the International Communication Association selected by the editor as having a wide appeal to JOC readers. For Rap Music Videos and African American Women’s Body Image: The Moderating Role of Ethnic Identity. 
  • Karl R. Wallace Award, Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Recognizes distinguished scholarship by a graduate student
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Seymour Sudman Dissertation Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Awarded to one doctoral candidate campus-wide for excellence in dissertation project
  • Friends of UIUC Communication Travel Grant, Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University Summer Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Department Fellowship, Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Fellowship, University of Connecticut
  • Outstanding College Student, Sichuan University
  • Scholarship winner for four consecutive years during the undergraduate study, Sichuan University