Dr. Ying Zhu is a professor in the Department of Media Culture. She has published eight books, including Two Billion Eyes: The Story of China Central Television (New Press, 2014). Her first research monograph, Chinese Cinema during the Era of Reform: The Ingenuity of the System (2003) initiated the study of Chinese cinema within the framework of political economy. Her second research monograph, Television in Post-Reform China: Serial Drama, Confucian Leadership and the Global Television Market (2008), together with two book volumes in which her work featured prominently—TV China (2009) and TV Drama in China (2008)—pioneered the subfield of Chinese TV drama studies. Her work has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish. Her publications further appear in major academic journals and publications such as The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. A recipient of a US National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2006) and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2008), Zhu has given talks and keynote speeches at leading universities and media institutions around the globe. She reviews manuscripts for major publications and evaluates grant proposals for research foundations in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the U.K., and the U.S. Zhu also produces current affairs documentary films, including Google vs. China (2011) and China: From Cartier to Confucius (2012), both screened on the Netherlands Public Television.


PhD, University of Texas @ Austin

Scholarship / Publications

Selected Journal Articles

“Li Yang’s Socially Conscious Film as Marginal Cinema-- China’s State-Capital Alliance and its
Cultural Ramifications,” Chinese Journal of Communication Vol 2(2009): 212-226.

“Transnational Circulation of Chinese Language Television Dramas,” Global Media and
Communication Volume 4(1) 2008, 61-82.

“Yongzheng Dynasty and Chinese Primetime Television Drama,” Cinema Journal 44.4 (2005),
3-17 (lead article for this issue of CJ).

"Chinese Cinema’s Economic Reform from the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s," Journal of
Communication 52.4 (2002) 905-921.

Selected Book Chapters

“Chinese Dynasty Drama as Political Discourse,” In Carlos Rojas & Eileen Cheng-yin Chow (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas (Oxford UP, forthcoming).

“Cross-Fertilization in Chinese Cinema and Television: A Strategic Turn in Cultural Policy,” in Yingjin Zhang (Ed.) Blackwell Companion to Chinese Cinema, (Blackwell Publisher, forthcoming).

“Chinese Cinema’s Commercial Wave,” in Contemporary Chinese Cinema, edited by Luis Miranda (Granada, Spain: Festival Cines del Sur, 2007) 157-192.

“Sun Mingjing and Early Chinese Documentary Filmmaking” (Tongdao Zhang, co-author), in Ombre Elettriche Cento anni di cinema cinese 1905-2005, Marco Muller & Elena Pollacchi, (Eds.) (Venice, Italy: Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, 2005) 64-74.