Jingwen Zhang


Position Title
Assistant Professor of Communication



  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 2016
  • M.A., Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • M.A., English, Clemson University, 2011
  • B.A., Media and International Culture, Zhejiang University, 2009


Jingwen Zhang joined the Department of Communication on June 30, 2016. She completed her doctoral studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation examined the efficacy and mechanisms of online social networks in increasing physical activity among young adultsDr. Zhang’s previous studies have been published in a wide range of journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Health Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, and the International Journal of Communication.

Research Focus

Jingwen Zhang's research interests include health promotion (e.g., sexual health, reproductive health, and physical activity), social influence, and interventions utilizing innovative online communication platforms. Current research efforts focus on the development of persuasive online networks using mobile technologies and computational approaches. She is also involved in research on communication for development, an interest that traces back to her work with UNICEF.

Selected Publications


Jingwen Zhang will be teaching CMN 112, Theories of Persuasion (formerly CMN 152) in the winter quarter of 2017. She will be teaching CMN 232, a graduate seminar in Health Communication, in spring 2017.


  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad, 2016
  • Russell Ackoff Doctoral Student Fellowship Award, 2015
  • Annenberg National Health Communication Study Seed Grant, 2013
  • Student Research Grant of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, 2013