Muyang Li is interested in digital sociology, cultural sociology, authoritarianism and gender issues. With an interdisciplinary background in sociology, computational social science and communication, she has been trained in a variety of methodological approaches and uses qualitative, statistical and computational methods.
Her research is organized around a key question: how does media interact with democracy and social life?
Her recent research adopts a mixed-methods approach to explore the negotiation between the authoritarian state of China and the public in defining democracy through social media and reveals how the authoritarian regime survived the ideological crisis in the social media era through the combination of repressive and hegemonic media strategies. Her research was funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation.
Keywords: Media; cultural sociology; political sociology; digital sociology; computational text analysis; mixed methods