Hi there, welcome to my homepage! I'm Abby QIN Youran (秦悠然). My parents picked my Chinese name "(yōu) 然 (rán)" (carefree) from a hermit's poem, hoping I could free myself from normative expectations and live an authentic life. I have always been striving for that.

I am currently a Ph.D. student in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I also hold two doctoral minors in Cartography & Geographical Information Systems and Sociology respectively. 

I study the dynamics of intergroup communication and public opinion formation in different sociopolitical contexts

Apart from research, I co-run a Computational Communication Cooperative with Wil M. Dubree, teach communication theories, research methods, and strategic communication, and cook for people I care about ❤️