Yaguang Zhu
Dr. Yaguang ZhuMarquette University

Johnston Hall, 432

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Communication Studies


Ph.D., Organizational Communication and Technology, University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Media Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Courses Taught

COMM 6001 Communication Theory in Context

Research Interests

My research is situated in the general areas of communication technology, health communication, and organization studies. I am particularly interested in issues that intersect these domains. Two topics define my current work: First, much of my research examines the impact of communication technology use on individuals’ health. Second, I am interested in organizing and technology-related issues and processes in healthcare organizations.

Professional Affiliations

National Communication Association
International Communication Association
Association for Computing Machinery


Zhu, Y. (2017). Pro-smoking information scanning using social media predicts young adults’ smoking behavior. Computers in Human Behavior, 77, 19-24. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2017.08.004

Zhu, Y., Dailey, S., Kreizberg, D., & Bernhardt, J. (2017). Social networkout: Connecting social features of wearable fitness trackers with physical exercise. Journal of Health Communication, 22(12), 974-980. doi:10.1080/10810730.2017.1382617

Dailey, S. L., & Zhu, Y. (2017). Communicating health at work: Organizational wellness programs as identity bridges. Health Communication, 32, 261-268. doi:10.1080/10410236.2015.1120698

Burke, T., Dailey, S., & Zhu, Y. (2017). Let's work out: Communication in workplace wellness programs. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 10(2), 101-115. doi: 10.1108/IJWHM-07- 2016-0055

Stephens, K. K., Zhu, Y., Harrison, M., Iyer, M., Hairston, T., & Luk, J. (2017). Bring your own mobile device (BYOD) to the hospital: Layered boundary barriers and divergent boundary management strategies. Proceedings of the 15th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Systems, Computer Society Press.

Stephens, K. K., Cruz, I., Waters, E., & Zhu, Y. (2017). Meetings as persistent conversations that use ICTs and face-to-face to build social capital. Proceedings of the 15th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Systems, Computer Society Press.

Kreizberg, D., Dailey, S., Zhu, Y., Vogt, T., & Robinson, D. (2016). More than a fitness tracker: Exploring messages and effects of wearable fitness devices. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 17, 93-101. doi:10.1080/17459435.2016.1220418

Stephens, K. K., Boyles, S., Ford, J. L., Zhu, Y. (2015). Using ICTs for disaster evacuation messages: An agent-based framework for integrating human behavior and transportation. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 12(3), 497–528. doi:10.1515/jhsem-2014-0075

Stephens, K. K., & Zhu, Y. (2015). Do I feel like I’m a part of this organization? Using technology to communicate about health. In T. R. Harrison & E. A.Williams (Eds). Organizations, health, and communication (pp. 204-222), Routledge.

Honors and Awards

  • Jesse H. Jones Endowed Fellowship, Moody College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin (2017)
  • Top Student Paper Award, Organizational Communication Division, National Communication Association (2016)
  • Top Student Paper Award, Health Communication Division, National Communication Association (2016)
  • Top Paper Award, Mobile Communication Division. International Communication Association (2016)
  • Top GIFT Paper Award. Instructional Communication Division, International Communication Association (2016)
  • Top Student Paper Award, Health Communication Division, National Communication Association (2014)

Why Marquette

I come to Marquette’s campus with hopes of quickly developing a Center for Health Communication and a health communication minor. Marquette provides me the freedom to blaze trails, follow my curiosity, and collaborate with colleagues within the university and at other first-class institutions (especially healthcare organizations) across the country and the globe.

I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to contribute to Marquette’s overall vision and mission, strategic direction and the advancement of service to the communities of Milwaukee and beyond. Meanwhile, I am excited about fostering students' creativity, developing their character, giving them lenses with which to view the world, and finally providing them with the skills they need to reach their potential and lead productive lives.