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Irene Wu

Former Fellow


September 5, 2017 — May 15, 2018

Professional affiliation

Adjunct Professor, Communications, Culture and Technology Program, Georgetown University

Wilson Center Projects

Measuring Soft Power in International Relations

Full Biography

Irene S. Wu is author of Forging Trust Communities How Technology Changes Politics (Johns Hopkins University, 2015), that featuring case studies of how both activists and governments have exploited the latest communications innovations toward their own political goals. Examples are from Brazil, China, Europe, and beyond, starting with the telegraph through social media. Her first book From Iron Fist to Invisible Hand: the Uneven Path of Telecommunications Reform in China was published by Stanford University Press. Dr. Wu is a senior analyst in the International Bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and teaches at Georgetown University, where she was the first Yahoo! Fellow in Residence. Dr. Wu received her B.A. from Harvard University and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).,