About me

DSC00481_editingI am an assistant professor and the coordinator of the global communication undergraduate program at the School of Journalism and Communication, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Previously, I was the George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. My research takes an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and mixed-methods approach to examine the intricate relationship between digital media, gender, and culture. Currently, I am researching on global dating app cultures. I hold a Ph.D. in communication from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. Email me at samchan@cuhk.edu.hk or follow my Twitter @liksamchan. Click here for my CV.

Currently, I am building an informal research network called Digital Experiences and Relationships (DEAR) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Under this network, I organize symposiums and research workshops. 

My first book, _collid=books_covers_0&isbn=9780262542340&type=The Politics of Dating Apps: Gender, Sexuality, and Emergent Publics in Urban China, is published with MIT Press. It examines dating app culture in China across user demographics—straight women, straight men, queer women, and queer men. Details can be found here. An interview about this work conducted in Chinese can be found here.