Hongwei Thorn Chen Assistant Professor Department of Communication Tulane University

Hongwei Thorn Chen

Assistant Professor, Communication and Asian Studies
419 Newcomb Hall


PhD, Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society, University of Minnesota


Research Interest

Hongwei Thorn Chen is a scholar of Chinese and east Asian film and media cultures. Chen's research is interested in how institutions attempt to govern with technological media, and how media, in turn, trigger crises of governmental reason. He is working on a book that examines how "education" and "tutelage" served as organizing rationalities of institutional film use in China during the early-twentieth century, a period when elites sought to shape new political subjects within the uneven landscape of global inter-imperial competition. The book unfolds Chen's broader interests in colonial modernities and their legacies in east Asia, modern China, and transnational histories of film and visual culture. 

Selected Publications