CIRC Conference Archive

  • 9th CIRC – Georgetown University, 2011
  • 8th CIRC – Peking University, 2010
  • 7th CIRC – University of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • 6th CIRC – University of Hong Kong, 2008
  • 5th CIRC – Texas A&M, 2007
  • 4th CIRC – Nanyang Technological Institute, Singapore, 2006
  • 3rd CIRC – Michigan State University, 2005
  • 2nd CIRC – UC Berkeley, 2004
  • 1st CIRC – University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication, 2003



Michael Delli Carpini is the Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication, received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (1975) and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (1980).  His research explores the role of the citizen in American politics, with particular emphasis on the impact of the mass media on public opinion, political knowledge and political participation. Professor Delli Carpini was awarded the 2008 Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award from the Political Communication Division of the American Political Science Association.



Ashley Esarey teaches Asian politics, international relations, and political communication at Whitman College in Washington State. He also serves as Associate in Research at Harvard University and Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies. His publications and research concern perceptions of Chinese propaganda, state control of information in the People’s Republic, and the impact of digital forms of communication on Chinese politics. He is writing a book provisionally entitled, Media and Power in China.



Eric Harwit is a Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii. He has a B.A. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a diploma from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. He has lived in China several years since his first year of language study in Beijing in 1982, and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.  Harwit is the author of many books and articles on industrial development in China.



Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law and John A. Wilson Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Stanford University Law School. Professor Lessig is chairman of the board of Creative Commons and founder of the school’s Center for Internet and Society. He sits on the board of directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Public Library of Science. In 2002, Lessig was named one of Scientific American’s “Top 50 Innovators,” and the American Bar Association recently awarded him the Cyberspace Law Excellence Award.



Haibo Lu is the editor-in-chief of the entertainment channel at, a leading Chinese Web portal. In November 2000 he joined, another leading Chinese Internet portal company and worked as an editor at its news center. He left Sina in 2002 to work as deputy editor in chief at’s news center. He has since served as a senior editor at Sohu’s military news, financial news and entertainment news channels.




Rebecca MacKinnon is a Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, where she conducts research, writing and advocacy on global Internet policy, free expression, and the impact of digital technologies on human rights. She is one of the world’s leading experts on Chinese Internet censorship.  MacKinnon is cofounder of Global Voices Online (, a global citizen media network. She also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Global Network Initiative.



Isaac Mao is a philosopher on Sharism, social entrepreneur, blogger, software architect and researcher in learning and social technology. He divides his time between research, social works, business and technology. He is now managing director of Social Brain Foundation, board member to Tor Project, advisory to Global Voices Online and board member to several web 2.0 and new media businesses.




Monroe Price is Director of the Project on Global Communication Studies (PGCS) at the University of Pennsylvania, professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. Professor Price, who was dean of Cardozo School of Law from 1982 to 1991, graduated magna cum laude from Yale, where he was executive editor of the Yale Law Journal. Among his many books are a treatise on cable television, Media and Sovereignty: The Global Information Revolution and Its Challenge to State Power; and Television, The Public Sphere and National Identity.



Qiang Xiao is the Director of China Internet Project and an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of China Digital Times, a bilingual collaborative China news website.  Xiao was the Executive Director of the New York-based NGO Human Rights in China from 1991 to 2002 and vice-chairman of the steering committee of the World Movement for Democracy.  He has lectured on the promotion of freedom, human rights and democracy in China in over 40 countries in Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America and Africa.