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About - Xiaochang Li

Xiaochang Li is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. Her research examines questions surrounding the relationship between information technology and knowledge production and its role in the organization of social life. Her current book project explores the history of automatic speech recognition and natural language processing and how the problem of mapping communication to computation shaped the rise of big data, machine learning, and related forms of algorithmic practice. Prior to joining Stanford, she received her PhD from the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Epistemes of Modern Acoustics at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Thesis: Dis/Locating Audience: Transnational Media Flows and the Online Circulation of East Asian Television Drama