I am Dr Oscar Tianyang Zhou. I am a Lecturer in Media Studies at the School of Arts, University of Kent. Prior to my current appointment, I researched and lectured at the University of Sussex, the University of Brighton, and the University of Hertfordshire. I trained as a communicator and technician scientist at the undergraduate level, before studying for a Masters degree in Globalisation and Communications at the University of Leicester, and a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex.

My research interests lie at the intersections of ethnographic research, gender and sexuality studies, media and cultural studies, and digital communication. A key area of my research focuses on the ways that LGBTQ+ communities engage with different media technologies, texts, and practices in their everyday life. My work has been published in journals such as Feminist Media Studies, Communication, Culture and Critique, Sexualities, and China Media Research, and within edited volumes such as Queer TV China (Hong Kong University Press 2023), Queer Sites in Global Contexts (Routledge 2021), Queer Intercultural Communication (Rowman & Littlefield 2020), Exploring Erotic Encounters (Brill 2019), and Chinese Social Media (Routledge 2018). I am a member of the Centre for Health and Medical Humanities, University of Kent. I am currently chairing the UK-China Media and Cultural Studies Association (UCMeCSA).



  • Cultural and critical media studies
  • Digital culture studies
  • Queer studies, methods, and pedagogies
  • Critical health communication: digital media, health and wellbeing
  • Digital and algorithmic ethnography
  • Youth culture and TikTok/Douyin
  • Female and queer fan communities
  • Internationalising media studies: digital Asia/China as method
  • Media, conflict and extremism
  • Sociology of story and narrative power
  • Qualitative research methods

周天杨 博士,英国肯特大学艺术与人文学院讲师,英国莱斯特大学全球化与传播硕士,英国萨塞克斯大学媒体与文化研究博士。萨塞克斯大学亚洲研究中心、萨塞克斯大学文化研究中心、布莱顿大学数字媒体文化中心、肯特大学健康与医疗人文中心成员、英中媒体与文化研究学会主席、英国高等教育学会会士、文化创意产业咨询分析师。历任《英国侨报》特约记者,英国高等教育媒介、传播与文化研究学会博士生分会主席。主要研究方向为数字新媒体时代下的中国性/别政治与文化变迁。对批判媒体研究、新媒体/手机软件研究、信息通讯技术的社会学研究、信息通讯技术与公共卫生、疾病的批判研究、健康传播、酷儿理论、网络民族志方法论、故事社会学、性/别研究、多元交织性研究兴趣浓厚。其研究发表在国际权威学术期刊《传播、文化、批判》(Communication, Culture & Critique)、《女性主义媒介研究》(Feminist Media Studies)、《性》(Sexualities)、《中国媒介研究》(China Media Research)、以及收录在国际著名学术出版社博睿《探寻情欲邂逅》、劳特里奇《中国社交媒体》、《全球语境下的酷儿平台》、罗曼和利特尔菲尔德《酷儿跨文化传播》以及香港大学出版社《酷儿电视中国》等丛书中。