Yuxing Zhang (Yolanda) is a PhD candidate in Information Studies. Yuxing’s doctoral research examines the socio-political and epistemological implications of data-driven agroecological technologies in China. Her research interests include media theory, critical data studies, smart farming and biotechnology, ethics of AI, platform studies, critical infrastructure studies, environmental humanities, and more-than-human ethnography. Her publications include: “Algorithmic Photography: A Case Study of the Huawei Moon Mode Controversy” (Media, Culture & Society, vol. 44, no. 4), “From Social Trust to Blockchain-mediated Trust” (Roadsides, vol. 7), “Space Media” (co-author; Canadian Journal of Communication, vol. 46, no. 3), and “Thinking Inside the Box: On Container Aquaculture and the Datafication of Life” (forthcoming; Cultural Politics). She has taught courses on critical approaches to information technology and practice at the undergraduate (INF301 Introduction to Information and Power) and graduate (INF2210 Human Values in Data Science; co-taught with Seamus Ross) levels at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Her doctoral research is supported by the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships (2021-2024), the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society Graduate Fellowship (2022-2023), the School of Cities Graduate Fellowship (2022-2023), the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) Graduate Fellowship (2021-2022), the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2020-2021), and numerous internal awards from the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.
Yuxing (Yolanda) ZhangSupervisor: Tero Karppi
Media theory, critical data studies, smart farming and biotechnology, ethics of AI, platform studies, critical infrastructure studies, environmental humanities, and more-than-human ethnography
Master of Arts in Film and Media Studies, Columbia University
Honours Bachelor of Arts (with high distinction), University of Toronto