Dr. Zhao Peng is an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism at Emerson College. She is doing research in the domains of data visualization, online privacy literacy, computational journalism, and topic modeling. She uses both quantitative and qualitative approaches to address questions such as how communication scientists can present their findings more engagingly and interactively; how communication practitioners can apply DEI in data visualization; how news audiences will interact with, perceive, and consume algorithmic media; and how to design campaign messages to improve parents’ and children’s privacy literacy. Dr. Peng received her Ph.D. from the Michigan State University School of Journalism. She also obtained a master’s degree in Statistics in addition to her doctoral degree.



B.S., Yunnan University of Finance and Economics (云南财经大学)
M.S., Michigan State University
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Communication Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Facebook/Meta
  • Fake News & Misinformation
  • Interactive Media
  • Journalism
  • New Media
  • Research Methodology
  • Social Media
  • Twitter
  • Web Design