Section Head Election 2019 - Call for candidates and statements

Political Economy Section

The IAMCR Political Economy Section will run elections for a newly created vice chair position during its business meeting during IAMCR 2019 in Madrid.

Two of the current officers of the Section, chair Rodrigo Gomez and vice-chair Peter Thompson have been in office since 2014. They were both re-elected to their current positions and Ben Birkinbine was elected as vice-chair at IAMCR 2018 in Eugene. 

The Section seeks applications for the third vice-chair position.  In the interest of creating more inclusive and equitable representation in the section leadership, preference will be given to those candidates who contribute to the gender diversity of the leadership.  In addition, the section strongly encourages members from the Global South to apply for the position. 

Any IAMCR member who would like to serve as an officer of the Political Economy Section must submit their name and institutional position, a statement of no more than 500 words (e.g. a bio and motivation statement), to the current officers (see contact details below) with a copy to IAMCR General Secretary Gerard Goggin gerard.goggin [at] and to the IAMCR secretariat membership [at], by 14 June 2019.

Section officers must be current IAMCR members, either directly or through an IAMCR institutional member who has listed them among its IAMCR representatives, and they must be members of the Political Economy Section.

  • Rodrigo Gómez: rgomez [at] 
  • Peter Thompson: peter.thompson [at] 
  • Ben Birkinbine: bbirkinbine [at]

Candidates and statements

For Vice-Chair:

  • Yu Hong (Zhejiang University, China)


Yu Hong (Zhejiang University, China)

I am writing to nominate myself for the vice chair position of the Political Economy Section of IAMCR. After having studied and taught in the US for 15 plus years, I joined Zhejiang University, China, as a "100-Talents Program Young Professor" in Fall 2017 and have served as director of ZJU Institute of Communication Research and vice director of ZJU Research Center on Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication.

I have been an active member in the IAMCR Political Economy Section: I chaired and participated in several panels and have regularly presented papers at the annual conference. With a focus in critical political economy, my scholarship on digital China contributes to the international political economy of digital capitalism, geopolitics of information, critical infrastructure studies, and critical internet policy studies. My most recent book Networking China: The Digital Transformation of the Chinese Economy (U of Illinois Press, 2017) is recognized as an important contribution to the political economy of Chinese communication. I also contributed to Global Media Giants, a volume of comparative studies co-edited by Janet Wasko, Rodridgo Gomez, and Benjamin Birkinbine. 

Atop serving on school-wide committees, I have made service contributions to the field. I am the book review editor for Global Media and Communication and have served on the editorial board of Chinese Journal of Communication and International Journal of Communication respectively. I am also serving as the secretary of ICA’s Global Communication and Social Change Division from 2018 to 2019. In addition, my recognition by communication scholars from Asia is noteworthy. With my growing intellectual linkages with leading communication schools in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and other places, I am already well positioned to serve as an academic bridge between East and West, North and South.

I am extremely interested in this position as my scholarly focus and academic experience are an excellent fit for the position. For years, the Political Economy Section has been an indispensible intellectual hub for me and for many critical scholars that I know. I hope to have the opportunity to serve the community.

Thanks for your consideration!


Yu Hong