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Aynne Kokas

Wilson China Fellow

Professional affiliation

Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia and Senior Faculty Fellow, Miller Center for Public Affairs.

Wilson Center Projects

2021-2022: “A Tense Triangle: Japanese Data Security Amidst the U.S.-China Tech War.”

2017-2018: "Border Control on the Digital Frontier: China, the United States, and the Global Battle for Data Security"

Full Biography

Aynne Kokas is an associate professor of media studies at the University of Virginia and a senior faculty fellow at the Miller Center for Public Affairs. Her multiple-award-winning first book, Hollywood Made in China (University of California Press, 2017) argues that Chinese investment and regulations have transformed the US commercial media industry. Her next book, Trafficking Data: How the United States Advances China's Digital Sovereignty, examines how the transfer of consumer data from the United States to China expands the strategic interests of the Chinese government. Kokas' research has also appeared in Information, Communication, and SocietyJournal of Asian StudiesPLOS One, and others. Kokas is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Funding agencies including Fulbright, the Library of Congress, the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Abe Fellowship Program, and others have supported her research. Kokas’ writing and commentary have appeared in fifty countries and twelve languages.

Major Publications

  • Publication OneHollywood Made in China (University of California Press, 2017)
  • Publication TwoKokas, Aynne, Chuck Tryon, Hugh Gusterson and Josh Braun. “The Freedom Edition: Considering Sony Pictures and ‘The Interview.’” Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media 60, no. 4 (2016).
  • Publication ThreeTao, Zhu, Aynne Kokas, Rui Zhang, Daniel S. Cohan, and Dan Wallach. "Inferring Atmospheric Particulate Matter Concentrations from Chinese Social Media Data." PLOS ONE 11, no. 9 (2016), 1-15.

Previous Terms

Fellow: 09/05/2017 - 08/24/2018