Lik Sam Chan: Gerbner Fellow

Lik Sam Chan has been named the 2018-2020 George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow at Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication.

In December 2017, Mr. Chan successfully defended his dissertation, which explored the implications of dating apps on feminist politics, gender performance and the nature of intimacy in urban China, and he will receive his PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California in May. Prior to beginning his doctoral work, he was a copywriter in Hong Kong for clients like Red Bull, HSBC and Wyndham Hotels. Mr. Chan holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a master’s degree in cultural studies from Goldsmiths, University of London.

As a Gerbner Fellow, Mr. Chan will study the lived experiences of gay and lesbian dating app users in urban China. Combining this new research with his previous research on straight-identified dating app users, he will draft a book manuscript that examines the impact of dating apps on people across different genders and sexual orientations in China. His manuscript will be the first academic book to address this subject matter.