Kaiping Chen is a new junior faculty member in Computational Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Shortly after becoming an Assistant Professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication in Fall of 2019, she also joined her science and technology (STS) colleagues at the Holtz Center. Chen feels that The Holtz Center provides her with an excellent space to learn from other STS scholars across the UW-Madison campus. The center provides her and her STS colleagues with an outlet to collaborate to figure out solutions for designing technologies for social good.
“The Holtz Center is a fantastic platform to share my knowledge on how we can effectively engage the public in discussing controversial and emerging technologies, especially in the age of polarization and misinformation.”, shares Chen.
Her research employs data science to examine how digital media and technologies affect political accountability to public well-being and how deliberative designs can improve public discourse on controversial and emerging technologies. Professor Chen received her Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University and her MPA from Columbia University.
Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals across several disciplines, including: American Political Science Review, International Public Management Journal, Frontiers In Sustainable Cities, The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, and Proceedings of the 20th International Academic Mindtrek Conference.