Assistant Professor


Dr. Sheng Zou is an interdisciplinary media scholar whose research interests span such areas as critical theory, political aesthetics, digital media and society, cultural industries, and global communication. Through comparative and transnational perspectives, his current work explores the politics of cultural production (e.g., musical and digital screen cultures), aesthetic approaches to popular propaganda, the ethics of emerging technologies in social governance, and non-Western algorithmic cultures/imaginaries.

Dr. Zou received his PhD in Communication from Stanford University, with a concentration in journalism, media, and culture. He is also an alumnus of the Stanford Humanities Center. Prior to joining HKBU, he held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the International Institute, University of Michigan.

Classes Taught

Foundations of Communication Study

Research & Teaching Interests

Critical/cultural studies
Digital media and society
Global media industries
Ethics of emerging technologies
Politics and popular culture
Media and diaspora

For a list of Dr. Zou’s publications, including journal articles, book chapters, and book/film reviews, please see: