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Dr Altman Peng

Job Title
Assistant Professor (Intercultural Communication)
Applied Linguistics
Research Interests

My research interests lie at the intersections of critical discourse studies, feminism, media and cultural studies, and public relations. A key area of my research focuses on how asymmetrical gender power relations and nationalist politics play out in social-mediated communication. I am author of "A Feminist Reading of China's Digital Public Sphere" (2020, Palgrave Macmillan) and co-editor of two books: "Communications in Contemporary China: Orchestrating Thinking" (2023, Routledge) and "China, Media, and International Conflicts" (2023, Routledge). As first or sole author, I have published over 20 scholarly articles in respected peer-reviewed outlets. I welcome students interested in pursuing a PhD on the following topics in the Chinese context and beyond: digital nationalism, feminism and gender politics, masculinity studies, mediated self-presentation, and sports fandom.


Born and raised in China, I have now spent over ten years in the UK. I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick. Prior to my current appointment, I researched and lectured at the Universities of the Arts London, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Liverpool's China campus. I obtained my PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from Newcastle University, where I also achieved an MA in Media and Journalism with distinction. As a media commentator, I have been cited in ABC, AFP, BBC, and USA Today news for expert opinions on China's social issues. I am also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the UKRI Talent Peer Review College, an external examiner for the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries at Middlesex University, and currently sit on the editorial boards of notable academic journals, including Feminist Media Studies.