About

Aynne Kokas, Ph.D., is the Baker Institute Fellow in Chinese Media and the Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University. Kokas is currently revising a book manuscript on Sino-U.S. media collaboration entitled “Shot in Shanghai:  Blockbusters, Social Networks and Sino-U.S. Media Convergence.” The dissertation upon which the book will be based received the  “Best Dissertation in Global Communication” award  from the International Communication Association in 2013.  Kokas’ other current research focuses on analysis of environmental topics on Chinese social media site, Weibo.  Kokas has been a Fulbright scholar and a Social Science Research Council fellow in Shanghai, a Foreign Language and Area Studies grantee in Taipei, and a Chinese Ministry of Education fellow in Beijing.  In the Summer of 2013, she was a visiting fellow at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies.   Chinese Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, Kokas also speaks German and Korean. In addition to conducting research in Sino-U.S. industrial relations, Kokas has worked as management consultant focusing on international market entry strategy. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from UCLA.





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