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Yuping Mao PhD

Assistant Professor


Biographical Note

Yuping Mao (PhD, Ohio University, 2010) has recently been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She received her Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Nankai University in China, her Master's degree in Communication Studies from Bowling Green State University in the U.S., and her Ph.D. in organizing and relating from Ohio University in the U.S. Yuping was the academic developer of the Graduate Program of Communications and Technology at the University of Alberta in Canada from 2008 to 2011.

Yuping’s research interests include the intersections between interpersonal and organizational communication, and health communication. Prior to moving to Europe, Yuping had the opportunity to experience three unique social systems and cultures as a citizen of China, a permanent resident of Canada, and an international student in the U.S. With her multi-cultural background, she takes intercultural communication perspectives into some of her research. Taking an Asiacentric approach, Yuping’s doctoral dissertation research examines the relationships among intercultural sensitivity, organizational communication satisfaction, organizational conflict management, and use of technologies in China branches of multinational companies. This study also compares the organizational communication experiences of Chinese employees with overseas experience and those without overseas experiences.

In collaboration with scholars in nursing, public health, and medicine, Yuping has conducted some interdisciplinary research projects in health communication. Yuping’s recent health communication research involves mass media coverage of homelessness issues, and has recently received a grant from Canadian Institute of Health Research to develop an international and interdisciplinary research team to examine the consequences of caesarean section, birth policies and practices of women in Canada and China.

Yuping has published several book chapters, and her work has also been published in peer reviewed journals such as Communication Research, Review of Communication, China Media Research, Howard Journal of Communications, Journal of Substance Use, and Italian Journal of Pediatrics.