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Aynne Kokas

Fast Facts

  • Non-resident scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute of Public Policy
  • Term member of the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Fellow in the National Committee on United States-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program
  • Expertise on U.S.-China relations, cybersecurity, media industry

Areas Of Expertise

  • Foreign Affairs
  • Asia
  • Domestic Affairs
  • Media and the Press
  • Science and Technology

Aynne Kokas is an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. Kokas’ research examines Sino-U.S. media and technology relations. Her book Hollywood Made in China (University of California Press, 2017) argues that Chinese investment and regulations have transformed the U.S. commercial media industry, most prominently in the case of media conglomerates’ leverage of global commercial brands. Her project at the Wilson Center, Border Control on the Digital Frontier: China, the United States, and the Global Battle for Data Security, examines the cybersecurity policy implications of the Sino-U.S. data trade.

Kokas is a non-resident scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute of Public Policy, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow in the National Committee on United States-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program. Her writing and commentary appear regularly in media outlets including the BBC, CNBC, NPR’s Marketplace, The Washington Post, and Wired.

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"It's a smear on the ability of the U.S. to advocate for human rights globally," said Aynne Kokas, senior fellow and media studies professor at UVA.
Ayanne Kokas Nikkei Asia
Senior Fellow Aynne Kokas, author of "Hollywood Made in China," a senior fellow at the Miller Center, notes that political content [from China] tends to present a challenge overseas."
Aynne Kokas South China Morning Post
Senior Fellow Aynne Kokas notes, “There’s a financial imperative for her [Chloe Zhao] not to tick off the Chinese government. But maybe she sees a moral imperative to stand her ground.”
Aynne Kokas The Washington Post
Senior fellow Aynne Kokas discusses China's global television network in the U.K. and Beijing’s campaign for media influence abroad.
Anne Kokas The Diplomat
Senior Fellow Aynne Kokas on the backlash against Chinese-born Chloe Zhao, the director of "Nomadland."
Aynne Kokas The New York Times
Hollywood self-censorship comes down to whether America places more value on free speech or on “maximizing shareholder value,” said Aynne Kokas, professor of media studies at the University of Virginia and author of a book about China’s influence on Hollywood. “It goes to the very core of what constitutes free speech and what constitutes democracy, and how important corporate earnings are in that framing.”
Aynne Kokas Los Angeles Times