Bei Yan (byan7)

Bei Yan

Assistant Professor


  • PhD (2018) University of Southern California (Communication)
  • MA (2012) University of Southern California (Global Communication)
  • MS (2011) London School of Economics (Global Media and Communications)
  • BS (2010) Renmin University of China (Marketing Management)


Human-machine teaming, crowdsourcing, group dynamics, social influence, social networks, big data analysis, text mining, computational social science

Professional Service

  • Communication Research Reviewer
  • Computers in Human Behavior Reviewer
  • Internet Research Reviewer
  • Organization Science Reviewer
  • Small Group Research Reviewer
  • Group Communication Division, National Communication Association Secretary


2018-2020 Project Scientist, University of California, Santa Barbara

Honors and Awards

Best Paper Award, Technology and Innovation Management, 80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM), 2020
Dennis Gouran Research Award, Group Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2020
Top Paper Award, 2019 International Conference on Global Cultural and Creative Industries

Professional Societies

  • International Communication Association Member
  • Association for Information Systems Member
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Member
  • Academy of Management Member
  • Association for Computing Machinery Member
  • Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGroup) Member
  • National Communication Association Member
  • International Network of Social Network Analysis (INSNA) Member

Grants, Contracts and Funds

Research Enhancement Fellowship, University of Southern California, 2017-2018
Dean’s Big Data/Social Networks Research Fund, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, 2015-2016
Annenberg Graduate Fellowship, The Annenberg Foundation, 2012-2013
Global Research Fellowship, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, 2011-2012

Selected Publications


Yan, B., Hollingshead, A.B., Alexander, K. S., Cruz, I., Shaikh, S. J. (2020). Communication in transactive memory systems: A review and multidimensional network perspective. Small Group Research.
Danowski, J. A., Yan, B. & Riopelle, K. Riopelle (2020). A Semantic network approach to measuring sentiment. Quality and Quantity. (Featured in National Institute of Health (NIH)’s Nature Public Health Emergency Collection)
Yan, B., Jian, L, Ren, R., Fulk, J., Sidnam-Mauch, E., & Monge, P.(2020). The paradox of having a community: The effects of communication network centralization and shared task experience on wisdom of crowds. Communication Research.
Ren, R., Yan, B., & Jian, L. (2019). Show me your expertise before teaming up: Sharing online profiles predicts success in open innovation. Internet Research.
Ren, R. & Yan, B.* (2017). Crowd diversity and performance in Wikipedia: The mediating effects of task conflict and communication. CHI2017: Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems. New York: ACM Press.
* The authors contributed equally to the paper
Yan, B. & Jian, L. (2017). Beyond reciprocity: The bystander effect of knowledge response in online knowledge communities. Computers in Human Behavior, 76: 9-18.


Yan, B., Kim, Y. J., Hollingshead, A. B, & Brandon, D.P. (2019). Conceptualizing online groups as multidimensional networks. In A. Attrill-Smith, C. Fullwood, M. Keep, & D. J. Kuss (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Cyberpsychology, Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. Dennis Gouran Research Award, Group Communication Division, National Communication Association.
Danowski, J. A., Yan, B. & Riopelle, K. Riopelle (in press). Cable News Channels' Partisan Ideology and Market Share Growth as Predictors of Social Distancing Sentiment during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In E. Segev (ed.). The Meaning of Words: Semantic Network Analysis and its Applications. Routledge.


BIA600 Business Analytics: Data, Models, and Decisions
BIA658 Social Network Analytics