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Mei Zhong, Ph.D.

Mei Zhong, Ph.D. HeadshotDr. Mei Zhong is associate professor in the School of Journalism and Media Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in communication studies from Kent State University in 1996. She joined the SDSU faculty in Fall 1999. She has taught intercultural communication and media and culture at both the graduate and undergraduate levels during the past 15 years. Her research specialty is media and culture, intercultural communication with a focus on Chinese culture and communication phenomena. One of her long-term research areas is the interpersonal communication of the only-child generation in the People's Republic of China. Her newly developed research interests include culture’s role in the media and media consumption patterns of Chinese youths. Her work has appeared in journals such as the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Communication Studies, the Howard Journal of Communication, Human Communication. In addition to teaching and research in the School of Journalism and Media Studies, Dr. Zhong serves as the adviser for the PSFA International Studies Minor. In this capacity, she promotes the program and advises students regarding the minor and study abroad opportunities. Over the years since moving to SDSU, Dr. Zhong has been involved in multiple international exchange programs, including establishing and serving as the faculty coordinator for six official exchange programs between SDSU and Chinese universities. She is also the official faculty contact and facilitator for the annual Tseng Foundation-Tsinghua University Summer Service-Learning Program. Dr. Zhong is also one of the guest faculty members for the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies in the College of Arts and Letters.