Yuqing ‘Dorothy’ Wu

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B.A. Sociology, Philosophy, & Psychology (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Areas of Interest: 
Cultural Sociology; Social Theory; Materiality & Meaning; International Relations; East Asia; Media & Communication; Public Sphere

Yuqing’s academic pursuits center on the interplay of power, culture, and the mediums through which they exert influence. Her current research delves into the realm of “soft power,” an interdisciplinary concept bridging international relations and popular culture. She is particularly interested in the bidirectional influences of culture, exploring both its top-down and bottom-up mechanisms. Moreover, she seeks to understand the connection between elite, specialized domains and broader, public spheres. While maintaining a fundamental interest in theories, Yuqing focuses her current empirical studies in East Asia.