Dongdong Yang

PhD Student and Graduate Assistant

Department of Communication


Wake Forest University, M.A. in Communication, 2016

Wake Forest University, M.A. in Interpreting and Translation, 2018


Dongdong Yang is ABD in the Department of Communication. She is interested in studying the interaction between culture, gender, and digital media use. Her recent publications focus on cross-cultural differences in selfie editing and virtual sticker use. She also examines the role of identity in sports communication. She is a recipient of four top paper awards at AEJMC and ICA annual conferences.

Selected Conference Presentations:

  1. Yang, D.,Ye, J., & Atkin, D. (2023, August). Weibo Use, Nationalism, and Anti-Feminism—Does Verbal Aggressiveness Reduce or Reinforce Stigmatization of Feminists? Paper presented at the Commission on the Status of Women of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Conference, August 8–10, 2023 in Washington, D.C. *Second-Place Faculty-Student Paper, Commission on the Status of Women.
  1. Yang,D., Ye, J., Yang, Y., Atkin, D., & Suk, J. (2023, May). Predicting the Stigmatization of Feminists in China and South Korea: Entanglements with Nationalism. Paper presented at the Feminist Scholarship Division of the 73rd International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Convention, May 25­–29, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

* Top Student Papers Panel, Sport Communication Interest Group.

  1. Yang, D.,& Lin, C. (2021, August).Communicating Nation Branding: Pandas as Ambassadors for Wildlife Conservation and International Diplomacy. Paper presented at the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Conference, August 4–7, 2021. Virtual.*Best Poster Award, International Communication Division.
  1. Yang, D.,& Atkin, D. (2022, August). A Meta-Analysis on the Influence of Media Multitasking on Enjoyment. Paper presented at the Communication Theory and Methodology Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Conference, August 3–5, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan.

*Second Top Faculty Paper, Communication Theory & Methodology Division.

Selected Publications:

  1. Yang, D., Atkin, D., & Labato, L. (2023). Gleaning emotions from virtual stickers: An intercultural study. Emerging Media: Technology, Industry and Society.
  1. Suk, J., Zhang, Y., Yue, Z., Wang, R., Dong, X., Yang, D., & Lian, R. (2023). “The personal is political”: A cross-platform approach to how networked acknowledgment before and after #MeToo transforms into politicization. Communication Research.
  1. Yang, D.,Labato, L., Davis, S. M., & Qin, Y. (2023). Cuteness in mobile messaging: An exploration of virtual “cute” sticker use in China and the U.S. International Journal of Communication, 17, 819–840. 
  1. Yang, D., Atkin, D., Mudrick, M., & Qin, Y. (2022). Auditory cuteness in sports podcasting: A new lookism?Communication & Sport 10.1177/21674795221117783 (2020 IF: 3.18)
  1. Yang, D., Wu, T.-Y., Atkin, D., Rios, D., & Liu, Y. (2021). Social media portrait-editing intentions: Comparisons between Chinese and American female college students. Telematics & Informatics, 101714.

Book Chapters:

  1. Yang, D., Lachlan, K., & Chen, Y. (2023).WeChat learning, gaming, and midlife empty nest. In M. Xie & C.-C. Chao (Eds.), Mobile Communication in Asian Society and Culture: Continuity and Changes across Private, Public, and Organizational Spheres (pp. 7–23). Routledge.
  1. Honeycutt, J. M., Rasner, R. D., Labato, L., &Yang, D. (accepted; to be published in 2024). Cracking the code: Navigating the communication signals of relational dominance. In A. Kostik & D. Chadee (Eds.), Body Language Talks: Deeper than Face. Palgrave-McMillian.

Courses Taught:

The Process of Communication, Quantitative Research Method, Persuasion, Effects of Mass Media, Media in the Information Age, Media Literacy and Criticism, and Principles of Public Speaking.

photo of Dongdong Yang, graduate student
Contact Information
Mailing Address337 Mansfield Rd. Unit 1259, Storrs, CT 06269-1259