Graduate Student
Yifei Wang

Yifei Wang is interested in the intersection between social identity and communication technology. He seeks to explore how social identity is presented and changed in the digital space as well as the related political consequences.


Yifei Wang is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests center around intergroup dynamics, information behavior, civic engagement, and computational social science. He aims to adapt surveys, experiments, and computational methods to investigate (1) the antecedents of consequences of displaying social identities in the digital space (e.g., identity threat, morality) and (2) the information behaviors associated with political identities (e.g., information-seeking, selective avoidance). His research has appeared in outlets such as Social Science Computer Review, Behavior & Information Technology, Communication Studies, and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.


M.A. (2023), National University of Singapore, Communications and New Media

B.S. (2021), Cornell University, Communication