Dr. Xiaoyan Chen from Xiamen University in China.

Chinese Professor Studies Communication Law In The Cox International Center

Dr. Xiaoyan Chen from Xiamen University in China joined the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research in early September to do research on media law and policy issues as part of a year‑long sabbatical.

Dr. Chen is an associate professor at Xiamen University, Fujian Province. Her visit is funded by the China Scholarship Council and by the Xiamen University and is the result of the collaboration between the Cox International Center, the Grady College, and the School of Journalism and Communication at Xiamen University.

The Cox International Center is a unit of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Xiamen University was the first school in China to offer a journalism major. The School of Journalism and Communication consists of a Journalism Department, an Advertising Department, and a Communications Department as well as the Research Center for Taiwan Media, the Journalism Institute, the Communication Institute, the Research Center for Brand and Advertising, and the Research Center for Strategic Communication.

Before becoming a professor, Dr. Chen was a qualified lawyer. Her most recent book is Defamation and the Media in China  (Southwest China Normal University Press, 2009).

“In particular, I would like to investigate laws and policies applying to the new media in the United States,” said Dr. Chen.

“We are glad that the partnership with Xiamen University has brought two Chinese scholars to the Grady College this fall,” said Dr. Lee B. Becker, Cox Center director. “Dr. Chen’s expertise in communication laws in China will bring a valuable perspective to our students and faculty.”

Dr. LinLin Wu, also from Xiamen University, joined the Cox International Center in March of this year.

“The weather in Athens is appealing, just like Xiamen, where I come from,” said the Chinese scholar. “UGA and Cox Center people have offered to me all the help and guidance I’ve needed and I felt at home here.”