Cheng-Jun Wang

Cheng-Jun Wang

Associate Professor

Nanjing University


Cheng-Jun Wang is currently an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing University. He is the director of Computational Communication Collaboratory and the Socrates Lab. He is also a research member of Web Mining Lab, City University of Hong Kong. His research interest focuses on employing big data, computational methods, and social theories to study human communication behaviors, including but not limited to information diffusion, attention flow, and computational narrative. His research on computational communication appears in both SSCI and SCI indexed journals. His new book Jumping over the network threshold: Information diffusion on social media (in Chinese 《跨越网络的门槛:社交媒体上的信息扩散》) has recently been published by the Science Press in July 2022. You can find his CV here.

  • Information Diffusion
  • Attention Flow
  • Computational Narrative
  • Computational Communication
  • Ph.D in Communication, 2014

    City University of Hong Kong

  • MA in Communication, 2010

    Peking University

  • BS in Journalism, 2008

    Lanzhou University


My book Jumping over the network threshold: Information diffusion on social media (in Chinese 《跨越网络的门槛:社交媒体上的信息扩散》) has been published by the Science Press in July 2022.

Feb 6th, 2022, I am recruiting well motivated and dedicated Ph.D. and master students. Undergraduate students are also encouraged to contact me by my email. The application materials should include you CV, transcript, and personal statement.

招收2023年入学的 博士生和硕士生。请将申请材料发送到我的邮箱📮,申请材料包括:个人简历、成绩单、已发表论文(如有)和个人陈述。其中,个人陈述的内容包括:为什么要读研、为什么申请南大新闻传播学院、为什么选择我的课题组、将来的职业规划、个人最大的优点和缺点等

  1. I finished reading the book 「原因と結果」の経済学―――データから真実を見抜く思考法 and I think it is very useful as the textbook for the class of Causal Inference 101. Check the Slides and Notebook.
  2. I am organizing a Douban group to discuss computational communication research.
  3. My ebook Elements of Computational Communication (In Chinese 《计算传播基础讲义》)is available online! Please kindly note that the url of the online book has been changed to


Recent Work

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(2022). Peeking strategy for Online News Diffusion Prediction via Machine Learning. Physica A.

(2021). 从边陲到主流的一条自然路径:华人计算传播学者的参与和体验. 《传承与创新:中华传播研究40年》.


(2021). Breaking the Boundaries of Knowledge Space: Knowledge Spanning on the Q&A Website. Work in progress.


I am teaching the following courses:

My Home Education Course Explaining the world to kids! (2021-Now)

My ebook Elements of Computational Communication (In Chinese 《计算传播学网络讲义》)is now available online, enjoy!

I am planning to teach a undergraduate course based on Professor Liu Junqiang’s book titled The Craft of Writing (《写作是门手艺》). Here is the Jupyter Notebook and Slides.

I find the Essay Writing Guide written by Jordan B Peterson is very useful. I convert it into slides and add some annotations. The Power of Writing: Ten Steps of Essay Writing. In addition, I highly recommend Howard Becker’s book Writing for Social Scientists (Notebook & Slides).

I am organizing the Tycho Reading Club to discuss the computational social science every Wendesday at News Coffee. You can learn about our future activies by scanning the QR code below or watch the videos of prior activites.



  • Bringing Back the Reference Group: Agent-based Modeling of Spiral of Silence. National postdoc grant (¥50000, 2015M571722)
  • The Network Threshold of the Formation and Diffusion of Public Opinion. National Social Science Fundation for Young Scholars(¥200'000, 15CXW017)


  • 163 Xianlin Street, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province 210023
  • Room 450, School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing University (Xianlin Campus)

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