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Hello, my name is Lu Tang and I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, Texas A&M University. I received my doctorate in communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. I taught at University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the University of Alabama before I joined TAMU in 2017.
I am a health communication researcher studying social media and emerging infectious diseases using new computational methods such as natural language processing and social network analysis. I also conduct research on culture, health communication, and minority health using mixed methods. My research has been published in journals such as Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Medical Internet Research.
My work on risk and crisis communication during public health crises and misinformation has been especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
∑ My recent paper on how YouTube creates filter bubbles of vaccine misinformation was cited in the Surgeon Generalís report on Vaccine Misinformation.
∑ My work on COVID-19 information seeking and avoidance has been included in the recently published 12th edition of the classic textbook: Theories of Human Communication (Littlejohn, Foss, & Oetzel, 2021).
I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on health communication and communication theory.†
I am the Vice President of the Chinese Communication Association, a scholarly organization with a focus on research on Chinese communication topics. I also serve on the editorial boards of five journals, including Communication Monograph, Health Communication, and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.