Cheng-Jun Wang

Cheng-Jun Wang

Associate Professor

Nanjing University


Cheng-Jun Wang is currently an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing University. He is the director of Computational Communication Collaboratory and the Socrates Lab. He is also a research member of Web Mining Lab, City University of Hong Kong. His research interest focuses on employing big data, computational methods, and social theories to study human communication behaviors, including but not limited to information diffusion, attention flow, and computational narrative. His research on computational communication appears in both SSCI and SCI indexed journals, such as Internet Research, Cyberpsychology, Telematics and Informatics, Scientific Reports, PloS ONE, and Physica A. You can find his CV here.

  • Information Diffusion
  • Attention Flow
  • Computational Narrative
  • Computational Communication
  • Ph.D in Communication, 2014

    City University of Hong Kong

  • MA in Communication, 2010

    Peking University

  • BS in Journalism, 2008

    Lanzhou University


[Sep 14, 2021] I am recruiting well motivated and dedicated Ph.D. and master students. Undergraduate students are also encouraged to contact me by my email: The application materials should include you CV, transcript, and personal statement.

  1. Nov 12 2021, I give a talk to introduce the frontier of computational communication research on text mining.
  2. Oct 27 2021, I give a talk entitled Understanding online public opinion from the perspective of computational social science: Cases, data and methods. Slides.
  3. It is my great pleasure to open the Gutenberg Fiction Dataset. You can get the dataset by participating the 2021 Chinese Contest of Digital Humanities. Learn more about this dataset from its Github repository.
  4. I am working on the undergraduate course Data Journalism, please check the github repo.
  5. I am writing a book titled Jumping Over The Network Threshold (In Chinese 《跨越网络的门槛:社交媒体上的信息扩散》). Please check this Github repository to see more information.
  6. I was invited to give a talk titled Information diffusion, attention flow, and computational narratives: Reflections on the logic of computational social science (信息扩散、注意力流动和计算叙事:反思计算社会科学的逻辑) on the Annual Conference of CCR, July 17-18, 2021, Xi’an. The slides can be found in the Github repository.
  7. I attended the Swarma ‘Sansi’ Summer Camp, Maoshan, Jurong, July 2-6, 2021.
  8. I attended the 2021 Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS2021-Beijing) in Beijing during June 14-25, 2021.
  9. I am organizing a Douban group to discuss on the topic of computational communication research.
  10. My ebook Elements of Computational Communication (In Chinese 《计算传播基础讲义》)is available online! Please kindly note that the url of the online book has been changed to

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Recent Publications

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(2021). 从边陲到主流的一条自然路径:华人计算传播学者的参与和体验. 《传承与创新:中华传播研究40年》.


(2021). Breaking the Boundaries of Knowledge Space: Knowledge Spanning on the Q&A Website. Work in progress.


I am teaching the following courses:

My ebook Elements of Computational Communication (In Chinese 《计算传播基础讲义》)is now available online, enjoy!

I find the Essay Writing Guide written by Jordan B Peterson is very useful. I convert it into slides and add some annotations. The Power of Writing: Ten Steps of Essay Writing.


  • Bringing Back the Reference Group: Agent-based Modeling of Spiral of Silence. National postdoc grant (¥50000, 2015M571722)
  • The Network Threshold of the Formation and Diffusion of Public Opinion. National Social Science Fundation for Young Scholars(¥200'000, 15CXW017)


  • 163 Xianlin Street, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province 210093
  • Room 450, School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing University (Xianlin Campus)

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