Yuezhi Zhao

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Zhao in 2019

Yuezhi Zhao (趙月枝; 1965) is a Canadian sociologist. She is a Canada Research Chair in Communication and Media Studies and the founder of the Global Media Monitoring Laboratory at Simon Fraser University. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the relationship between communication and policy in US-China relations, which she regularly publishes research in both English and Chinese, and she is a noted commentator on the policies pursued by the People's Republic of China.

Early life and education[edit]

Zhao was born in China, in the Jinyun County of the Zhejiang Province. She completed BA in Journalism from the Beijing Broadcasting Institute in 1984.[1] In 1986, she migrated to Canada to pursue her post-graduate education at Simon Fraser University. There, she earned her MA in Communication in 1989 and Ph.D. in Communication in 1996.[2]


After earning her PhD, Zhao earned a position at the University of California, San Diego in 1997.[1] She left the University of California three years later and returned to SFU in 2000.[3] She joined SFU as a tenure-tracked assistant professor in Communication and Media Studies.[4]

As an Associate professor of communications at SFU, Zhao was appointed a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in the political economy of global communication in 2005.[5] As a result of her research, she also earned the Chang-Jiang Scholar Award from the People's Republic of China, Ministry of Education in 2009.[6] The next year, she was renewed as a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair[7] and by 2011 was appointed to Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Global Communication.[8]

While teaching at SFU, Zhao created the Global Communication Double MA Degree program,[9] which would win the 2014 gold prize in the Educational Excellence Award category at the Canada-China Business Council's 4th Canada-China Business Excellence Awards.[10]

In 2013, she received SFUs C. Edwin Baker Award for "the Advancement of Scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy."[11] She was also appointed a Senior Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.[12] Two years later, Zhao was the recipient of the 2015 Award for Leadership.[13]

In 2019, Zhao was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.[3]


  • Author: Communication and Society: Political Economic and Cultural Analysis (2014) Communication University of China Press, ISBN 978-7565702235
  • Author: Communication in China: Political Economy, Power and Conflict (2008) Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ISBN 978-0742519664
  • Co-author: Global Communications: Toward a Transcultural Political Economy (2008) Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ISBN 978-0742540446
  • Author: Media, Market, and Democracy in China: Between the Party Line and the Bottom Line (1998) University of Illinois Press, ISBN 978-0252066788


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  2. ^ "Yuezhi Zhao - School of Communication - Simon Fraser University". www.sfu.ca. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  3. ^ a b "Yuezhi Zhao, professor and Canada Research Chair, receives Canada's highest academic honour". sfu.ca. September 10, 2019. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "New Faculty". sfu.ca. July 27, 2000. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Guly, Christopher (February 24, 2005). "Checking up on world media". sfu.ca. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  6. ^ "Two SFU professors win awards in China". sfu.ca. November 19, 2009. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  7. ^ "Three Canada Research Chairs renewed". sfu.ca. April 8, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  8. ^ "September 22, 2011 Meeting Summary". sfu.ca. September 22, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  9. ^ "Faculty Profile: Dr. Yuezhi Zhao, Communications". sfu.ca. February 10, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "SFU's M.A. Double Degree Program in Global Communication Wins Award". sfu.ca. Archived from the original on March 27, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  11. ^ "Dr. Yuezhi Zhao - C. Edwin Baker Award Recipient". sfu.ca. September 19, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  12. ^ "Yuezhi Zhao Appointed Senior Fellow to the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada". asiapacific.ca. Vancouver. April 11, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  13. ^ "Dean of Graduate Studies Awards for Excellence". sfu.ca. June 1, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2019.