Helen Sun Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesHelen Sun, originally from the People’s Republic of China, earned her Ph. D. in Mass Communication from Florida State University in 2003.

An Associate Professor of Communication, Sun is currently teaching in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Texas – Permian Basin (USA). Sun’s scholarly interests include freedom of expression, digital censorship, communication/ telecommunications policy, and intercultural communication.

Sun’s book Internet Policy in China: A Field Study of Internet Cafes has been published by Lexington Books-A Division of Rowman & Littlefield (July, 2010). It is the very first book, internationally, on Internet cafes, in which Sun has coined the terms “digital dictatorship” and “E-public Sphere,” discussing the important topic of Internet freedom in China (www.sundialogue.com).

In July 2010, Sun was invited by US Department of Commerce-Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) as a key-note speaker to present her book on Chinese Internet cafes at PTO’s Global Intellectual Property Academy. Later, Sun was interviewed by the Chronicle of Higher Education.