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Dr Altman Peng

Job Title
Assistant Professor
Applied Linguistics
Research Interests

Altman Yuzhu Peng's research interests lie at the intersections of critical discourse studies, feminism, media and cultural studies, and public relations. A key area of his research focuses on the representation and reflection of asymmetrical gender power relations in the Chinese-language social media sphere. He is author of A Feminist Reading of China's Digital Public Sphere (2020, Palgrave Macmillan) and co-editor of two books: China, Media and International Conflicts (2023, Routledge) and Communications in Contemporary China: Orchestrating Thinking (forthcoming, Routledge). As first or sole author, he has published over 20 scholarly articles in such peer-reviewed academic journals as Critical Discourse Studies, Discourse, Context & Media, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Gender Studies, and Television and New Media. He welcomes students who are interested in pursuing a PhD on any of the following topics in the Chinese context and beyond: gender politics in the digital public sphere, digital civic engagement, mediated self-presentation, neoliberal feminism and digital influencers, and techno-feminism.


Altman Yuzhu Peng is currently Assistant Professor in Intercultural Communication at the University of Warwick and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Prior to the current appointment, he researched and lectured at the Universities of the Arts London, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Liverpool's China campus. He received his PhD in Media and Cultural Studies (2017) from Newcastle University, where he was also awarded an MA in Media and Journalism (2013) with distinction. He offered guest talks at such prestigious universities as the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), National Yang-Ming Chiao Tung University, the University of Liverpool, and the University of Nottingham's China campus and was interviewed by international media organisations, including but not limited to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Agence France-Presse (AFP), Times Higher Education (THE), and USA Today, for expert opinions on China's social issues. As a freelance social media specialist, he also helped Bocconi University, the Higher Education Academy, Imperial College London, INTO University Partnerships, Newcastle University, and the Royal Academy of Music develop digital PR strategies to engage target audiences on social media.