Lei Chen

Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant

What is Lei's Story? 

Lei Chen is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research centers around storytelling on digital platforms and its empowering potential. He particularly examines the representation of minorities and the Global South constructed through digital narratives by Western and Chinese ordinary people and their role in challenging or reinforcing biases. Outside of academics, he enjoys making music and developing stories.


  • JMC:1200-Intro to Media and Culture (Fall 2023)  
  • JMC:2020-Multimedia Storytelling (Fall 2022 & Spring 2023)        
  • JMC:1200-Media History and Culture (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)

Journal Articles

Hu, Y., & Chen, L. (2022). A Review of Internet-Based Communication Research in China. Online Media and Global Communication, 1(1), 124-163. 

Chen, L., Dowling, D., & Goetz, C. (accepted). At the nexus of ludology and narratology: Advances in reality-based story-driven games. F1000Research.

Published Book Chapters

Chen, L. (2023). Augmented, Mixed, and Virtual Reality. In Wolf, Mark & Perron, Bernard (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Video Game Studies (2nd Edition). Routledge, New York, United States.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

Chen, L., & Xu, Z. (2023, August). New Representation of Africa?: An Analysis of Africa-based Chinese Diaspora Vlog Practice. Presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., USA.

Xu, Z., Chen, L., & Zhou, K. (2023, May). Is the #StopAsianHate Movement a Myth? A Content Analysis of the Reality of #StopAsianHate Videos on TikTok. Presented at the International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Chen, L. (2022, August). Does Narrative Still Matter? The Future of Narrative in Immersive Journalism. Presented at the AEJMC Annual Conference, Detroit, MI, USA.

Awards & Honors

2022 The Easton Collaborative Research Award, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa

Lei Chen
Contact Information

E329 Adler Journalism Building (AJB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States