Graduate Student

Chengyu Fang studies the adoption and use of emerging technologies and how these technologies shape existing work practices, teams, organizations. His work often focuses on how this process affects issues such as team collaboration and adaptation professional bourrides, and institutional arrangements.


Chengyu Fang (MA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a first-generation college student who graduated with a BA degree in Communication and Sociology as well as a BS in Psychology. Chengyu's research focuses on how the use and adoption of emerging technologies such as algorithmic technologies, exoskeletons, and, most recently, generative AI impact our existing collaborative relationships, work practices, teams, organizations, and institutions. His work utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methods and takes a grounded, constitutive approach to understanding technology and organizing. Chengyu has taught several organizational communication and introductory communication classes. His work has been presented in national and international conferences and has been published in journals such as Management, Communication Quarterly, Communication Research, and Human-Machine Communication. Chengyu is also a co-chair of Beyond Academic conference at UCSB.


M.A. (2018), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Communication

B.S. (2016), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Psychology

B.A. (2016), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Double Major in Communication and Sociology

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