Liwei Shen

Communication Science

Teaching Assistant

She/her/hers

 

lshen36@wisc.edu

608-263-3996

6051 Vilas Hall

Liwei Shen

I’m a Ph.D. student in Communication Science in the Department of Communication Arts. My research interests primarily lie in persuasion, the cognitive and relational aspects of information processing and how information spread. I am also interested in applying advanced statistical and computational methods to communication research (statistical modeling, network analysis, natural language processing, and parameter selection…). My current projects look into 1) collective narcissist expression on social media and political violence; 2) scaling up misinformation correction on social media; 3) understanding individuals’ misconceptions as belief networks. Besides being a graduate student, I am a tennis lover, a pawrent of a 5-month puppy, and a radar for delicious food.

Education

B.S. in Mathematics and Communication Studies, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, 2018

Publication

Lane, D.S., Lee, S.S., Liang, F., Kim, D.H., Shen, L., Weeks, B.E., & Kwak, N..(2019) Expression and the political self: How political expression on social media can strengthen political self concepts. Journal of Communication.

Selected Conference Presentation

Yang S., Shen L., Edwards D., Gregory S., Passmore S. (April 2022), Applying the Hornik & Woolf Approach to Identify Top Messaging Themes to Improve Healthcare Workers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence. Paper to be presented at the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication.

Yang S., Shen L., Li J., Tao R., Okada T., Borah P., (May 2022) Applying the Hornik & Woolf Approach to Identify High-Priority COVID-19 Misinformation for Vaccine Promotion. Paper to be presented at the Annual International Communication Association Conference.

Li J., Borah P., Kang J., Kim J., Okada T., Shen L., Tao R., Yang S. (May 2022) News literacy matters, but for whom?: Political asymmetry in the effects of news literacy on COVID-19 health and political misperceptions. Paper to be presented at the Annual International Communication Association Conference.

Shen L., Jia, X. (2021, Nov). “Pride, Protect, and Pushbacks: Modeling Chinese Netizens’ Opinions on the Sino-US Trade Dispute. Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research. Chicago, IL.

Shen, L., Li, J., Tao, R., Minich, M., Okada, T., Borah, P., Yang, S. (2021, Oct). Diverging Roles of COVID-19 Misperceptions in Predicting Vaccination Intentions: Implications for Communication Campaigns, American Public Health Association. Virtual.

Li, J., Tao, R., Shen, L., Yang, S.. Hope Over Fear: The Effectiveness of Hope Appeal Enhancements to Debunk COVID-19 Misinformation Amid Heightened Threat, the Annual International Communication Association Conference. Virtual.

Shen, L., Toma, C., Harrison, K.. Parental Mediation and Parenting Pressure during Covid-19. Annual International Communication Association Conference. Virtual.

Shen, L. (2020, November) A mind is not closed for no reason: Why do some Chinese Dispute the Apollo Moon Landing. American Association for Public Opinion Research.

Teaching experience

  • Introduction to Speech Composition (CA 100) – Fall 2020
  • Theory and Practice of Persuasion (CA 368) – Spring 2021

Research experience

  • Project Assistant, Connecting Behavioral Science to COVID-19 Vaccine Demand Network (Feb. 2021 – Dec. 2021)
  • Project Assistant, NSF Accelerator Program (Jan. 2022 to present)
  • Project Assistant, Department of Life Science Communication (Aug. 2022 to present)

Awards

Risser Award (2022)

Helen K. Herman Scholarships (2021)

2020 Doris A. Graber Award for the Best Public Opinion Paper

Patricia Wright Fellowship (2019)

Graduate School Fellowship (2019-2020)