Haifeng Huang

Visiting Scholar

Haifeng Huang is a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution. Huang is also an associate professor of political science at the University of California, Merced. His research focuses on the politics of information flow and opinion formation in non-democracies, including misinformation, media freedom, and propaganda—often with inspirations drawn from China. He has also studied topics related to electoral competition and reform and social transition. Methodologically he uses formal modeling, survey research, and/or experimental methods.

Huang’s research has been published (or is forthcoming) in the American Political Science ReviewBritish Journal of Political Science (2), Comparative PoliticsJournal of PoliticsJournal of Theoretical PoliticsPolitical Research Quarterly, and Political Science Research and Methods, among other journals. He teaches courses on authoritarian politics, game theory, Chinese politics, and comparative political institutions. For more information, see www.hhuang.org.

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Pay For Your Facebook posts?

by Chirantan Chatterjee, Haifeng Huangvia Economic Times (India)
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Would democracy worldwide be safer if social media companies like Facebook self-regulated and made people actually pay for their posts? This is a valid question at a time when Facebook has started labelling ‘political ads’ before India goes to polls, while last week, regulators in Germany outlawed the company’s ‘unrestricted collection and assigning of non-Facebook data’ (read: ads) to user accounts.