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Aynne Kokas

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  • 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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Media studies expert Aynne Kokas, on actor John Cena's apology for referring to Taiwan as a separate country.
Aynne Kokas Need to Know Podcast
UVA media studies professor Aynne Kokas notes that the circumstances of Zhao's win, suppressed by the Chinese government on a night with record-low Oscar viewership, offer the chance to think about "Nomadland" as art made by humans rather than geopolitical actors.
Aynne Kokas Nikkei Asia
UVA media studies professor Aynne Kokas notes, of Zhao's censure, that "There was political pressure from the top. But then there was also bottom-up pressure from Chinese netizens who pushed back against . . . Zhao for being insufficiently patriotic,”
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Aynne Kokas, author of Hollywood Made in China and media studies professor at UVA, discusses diversity among this year's Academy Award nominees.
Aynne Kokas VOA News
UVA Media Studies Professor Aynne Kokas discusses the significance of having six Asian or Asian-Americans among this year's Academy Award nominees.
Aynne Kokas VOA News
UVA professor and Chinese film expert Aynne Kokas notes that China has long regarded the Oscar awards as the apex of American culture, but it's challenging to make creative films that fit with government guidelines.


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