Yini Zhang


Yini Zhang headshot.

Yini Zhang


Yini Zhang


Research Topics

Public opinion; audience formation; media system; computational social science

Overview Background Publications

Zhang, Y., Lukito J., Su, M.H., Suk, J., Xia, Y., Kim, S.J., Doroshenko, L., & Wells, C. (2021). Assembling the networks and audiences of disinformation: How successful Rus- sian IRA Twitter accounts built their followings, 2015-2017. Journal of Communicationdoi: 10.1093/joc/jqaa042 

Zhang, Y., Shah, D., Foley, J., Abhishek, A., Lukito, J., Suk, J., Kim, S., Sun, Z., Pevehouse, J., & Garlough, C. (2019). Whose Lives Matter? Mass Shootings and Social Media Discourses of Sympathy and Policy, 2012-2014. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 24(4), 182-202. doi:10.1093/jcmc/zmz009.

Wells, C., Zhang, Y., Lukito, J. & Pevehouse, J. (2019). The formation of attentive publics in the hybrid media system: How Donald Trump assembled his amplification machine. Mass Communication & Society. doi:10.1080/15205436.2019.1690664

Chen, F., Zhang, Y. & Rohe, K. (2019). Targeted sampling from massive block model graphs with personalized PageRank. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series B (Statistical Methodology).

Lukito J., Suk, J., Zhang, Y., Doroshenko, L., Kim, S. J., Su, M-H., Xia, Y., Freelon, D., & Wells C. (2019). The Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: How Russia’s Internet Research Agency Tweets Appeared in US News as Vox Populi. The International Journal of Press/Politics, doi: 10.1177/1940161219895215.

Suk, J., Abhishek, A., Zhang, Y., Ahn, S.Y., Correa, T., Garlough, C. & Shah, D. (2019). #MeToo, Networked Acknowledgement, and Connective Action: How “Empowerment Through Empathy” Launched a Social Movement. Social Science Computer Review, 0894439319864882. doi:10.1177/0894439319864882.

Xia, Y., Lukito, J., Zhang, Y., Wells, C., Kim, S., & Tong, C. (2019). Disinformation, performed: Self-presentation of a Russian IRA account on Twitter. Information, Communication and Society, 1-19. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2019.1621921.

Zhang, Y., Wells, C., Wang, S. & Rohe, K. (2018). Attention and amplification in the hybrid media system: The composition and activity of Donald Trump’s Twitter following during the 2016 presidential election. New Media & Society, 20(9), 3161-3182. doi:10.1177/1461444817744390.

Other Publications

Lukito, J., Wells, C., Zhang, Y., Doroshenko, L., Kim, S.J., S, M.H., Suk, J., Xia, Y. & Freelon, D. (2018). The Twitter Exploit: How Russian Propaganda Infiltrated U.S. News. [White paper]. Retrieved April 27, 2018, from University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Zhang, Y., Wang, Y., Foley, J., Suk, J., & Conathan, D. (2017, July). Tweeting Mass Shootings: The Dynamics of Issue Attention on Social Media. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Social Media & Society (p. 59). ACM.