Yanqin Lu, PH.D.


  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-2405
  • Email: ylu@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 409 Kuhlin Center


Dr. Yanqin Lu received his Ph.D. from Indiana University. His primary teaching interest is in information and communication technology, with an emphasis on social media.

Dr. Lu's research examines political communication processes in the changing media environment. Specifically, he is interested in how emerging media use influences people's political attitudes, as well as their engagement in politics. He has published articles in refereed journals such as New Media & Society, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Media Psychology, International Journal of Communication, and Computers in Human Behavior. A full list of Dr. Lu's publications can be found on his Google Scholar page.

Dr. Lu is currently serving on the editorial board of Mass Communication & Society, Online Information Review, and The Social Science Journal.


Ph.D. Indiana University
M.A. Indiana University

Courses Taught:

MDIA3520: Social Media and Society
MDIA4640: Social Media Campaign
MC7370: Seminar in New Media Research
MC7770: Advanced Social Scientific Research Methods

Select Representative Works:

Lu, Y., & Lee, J. K. (2021). Determinants of cross-cutting discussion on Facebook: Political interest, news consumption, and strong-tie heterogeneity. New Media & Society, 23(1), 175-192.

Lu, Y., Ray, R., Ha, L., & Chen, P. (2020). Social media news consumption and opinion polarization on China’s trade practices: Evidence from a US national survey. International Journal of Communication, 14, 3478-3495.

Lu, Y., & Lee, J. K. (2019). Stumbling upon the other side: Incidental learning of counter-attitudinal political information on Facebook. New Media & Society, 21(1), 248-265.  

Lu, Y. (2019). Incidental exposure to political disagreement on Facebook and corrective participation: Unraveling the effects of emotional responses and issue relevance. International Journal of Communication, 13, 874-896.

Lu, Y., & Lee, J. K. (2019). Partisan information sources and affective polarization: Panel Analysis of the mediating role of anger and fear. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 96(3), 767-783.

Updated: 08/10/2022 02:07PM