Julie Chen

Julie Chen's headshotDr. Chen published Super-Sticky WeChat and Chinese Society. The book offers a succinct and critical study of the relationship between Chinese mobile cultures, political economy of the internet companies, and the rise of WeChat as a “super-sticky” app that integrates previously discrete daily practices. She also published the first study on the Chinese ride-hailing platforms and participant drivers’ work conditions and resistance in “New Media & Society.” She has presented works on Chinese on-demand workers and political economy of the internet industry in China at conferences like AoIR, ICA, and 4S and is currently finishing a book manuscript that explains how and why labor is marginalized, as embodied experience and an analytical concept, in the conceptions of (big) datafication and what we should do about this problematic tendency.