• About Me

    I research and write about US-China Media and Tech Relations

    Aynne Kokas is an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia and a senior faculty fellow at the Miller Center for Public Affairs. Her multiple-award-winning first book, Hollywood Made in China (University of California Press, 2017) argues that Chinese investment and regulations have transformed the US commercial media industry. Her next book project Data Trafficking: The United States, China, and the Global Battle for Data Security examine the policy implications of the transfer of consumer data between the United States and China. Kokas' research has also appeared in Information, Communication, and SocietyJournal of Asian StudiesPLOS One, and others. Kokas is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Funding agencies including Fulbright, the Library of Congress, the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Abe Fellowship Program and others have supported her research. Kokas’ writing and commentary have appeared in forty-eight countries and eleven languages.
  • Hollywood Made in China examines how the Chinese market has transformed US commercial media.


    *Reviewed and/or featured in media in 48 countries and eleven languages


    * Best Non-fiction Title, 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards


    * Best Academic Title, 2018 Chinese American Librarian Association


    * Chinese translation forthcoming with Gingko Press, Beijing


    Click here for a video intro to the book courtesy of Chinafile

  • Commercial and Non-profit Advising

    I love sharing my research with students, scholars, journalists, and corporate partners. I am happy to speak over the phone, via Zoom, or in person. Below please find the best ways to reach out.

    Commercial Advising

    Drawing from over twenty years of experience in corporate, policy, and academic contexts in the United States and China, I have a consulting practice that serves corporate and commercial clients. If you would like to set up a fee-based Zoom consultation, please sign up here. If you would like to discuss a longer-term project, please email me at ak3ff@virginia.edu.

    Expert commentary

    If you are a journalist who would like me to provide expert commentary for a story, please click here to make an appointment. If you are on deadline and need to speak quickly, I can be reached on Twitter @shotinshanghai. For background on the Sino-US media collaborations, I can highly recommend my book, this video synopsis of my work, or this short interview about the current state of Sino-US media relations.

    Research meetings

    If you are a student or colleague who would like to set up a time to discuss our shared research interests, please email me at ak3ff@virginia.edu or ping me on Twitter @shotinshanghai.

  • 2020 Appearances

    May 4: Miller Center for Public Affairs China Conference, Charlottesville, VA

    April 25-26: National Committee on US-China Relations Silicon Valley Conference, Palo Alto, CA

    April 16-18: Media Industries Conference, London, UK

    March 26: Live Testimony in United States Senate Commerce Committee, Security Subcommittee

    March 19: United States Department of State Ralph J. Bunche Library Speakers Series, 12-1 pm.

    February 11: George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs



    Abe Fellow

    Aug 2019-July 2021

    Examining the cybersecurity policy implications of the Sino-US data trade on Japan


    National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

    September 2019-August 2020

    Examining the cybersecurity policy implications of the Sino-US data trade


    Kluge Center, Library of Congress


    October 2019 – August 2020

    Examining the cybersecurity policy implications of the Sino-US data trade

    Council on Foreign Relations

    Term Member 

    Jun 2016 – Present

    Advisory Committee Member, 2019-Present

    Member of a program designed to cultivate the next generation of foreign policy leaders


    University of Virginia

    Assistant Professor of Media Studies 

    Aug 2014 – Present

    Research, write and teach about collaborations between Chinese and American media and technology corporations


    James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy -- Rice University

    Non-resident Scholar in Chinese Media 

    Aug 2014 – Present

    Conduct policy research on Sino-US media and technology collaborations for Baker Institute China Studies Program

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  • Reviews of Hollywood Made in China

  • Articles

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    We constructed an "Air Discussion Index" to estimate daily particulate matter counts based upon Sina Weibo (Chinese Twitter) content.


    Tao Zhu, Aynne Kokas, Rui Zhang, Dan Cohan, and Dan Wallach PLOS ONE 11(9) 2016

    “Freedom Edition”: Considering Sony Pictures and The Interview

    Led by Joshua Braun, we convened a dialogue in response to the recent public and media discourse surrounding the security breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment and its film, The Interview focusing on North Korea, cybersecurity, and digital distribution.


    Aynne Kokas, Chuck Tryon, Hugh Gusterson, and Joshua Braun  Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media 60 (4) 2016

    Here I argue that the comparative fragmentation of media regulatory power in the US, despite long benefiting Hollywood studios, makes them susceptible to Chinese government efforts to expand media soft power.


    Aynne Kokas,Predicting Volatility Between China and Hollywood: Using Network Management to Understand Sino-US Film Collaboration, Global Media and Communication, Advance Online Publication, https://doi.org/10.1177/1742766518759797


    Here I argue that the financial interests of US-based online entertainment platforms are magnifying the financial growth of Chinese competitors due to focus by US firms on short-term shareholder value.


    Kokas, Aynne. 2018. "Chilling Netflix: financialization, and the influence of the Chinese market on the American entertainment industry." Information, Communication & Society. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2018.1510534


    Popular feature on article: https://investorplace.com/2019/10/china-influence-help-iqiyi-iq-stock/


    Here I argue that the financial interests of US-based platforms are amplifying the global impact of Chinese domestic cybersecurity regulations.


    Kokas, Aynne. 2018. "Platform Patrol: China, the United States, and the Global Battle for Data Security." Journal of Asian Studies 77 (4):923-933.

  • Grants and Fellowships

    • 2019-2020 National Endowment of Humanities Fellow
    • 2019-2020 Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress
    • 2019-2021 Abe Fellow
    • 2018-2019 Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures Mellon Fellowship
    • National Committee on US-China Relations Congressional Liaison in Media and Technology (to lead a group of Congressional staffers on a delegation to China to examine the Chinese media and technology industries in August 2018)
    • National Endowment of Humanities Object Lessons Fellowship
    • Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars 
  • Selected Television Appearances

    CNBC Squawk Box

    Discussing US-China Film Treaty

    PBS' Great Decisions

    Episode: "Made in China"

    PBS' Coy Barefoot Show

  • Selected Radio Coverage


  • Select Print Media Coverage

    United States

    Pacific Standard lauds Hollywood Made in China for jointly mapping "the business of culture, and the culture of business."


    I spoke with NBC News about some of the challenges being posed by China's growing media influence.


    In conjunction with other Chinese media scholars, I discuss the long-term prospects for Chinese investment in Hollywood on ChinaFile.


    As part of an article by Public Radio International, I explain how China is using its economic leverage to shape Hollywood filmmaking.

    Asia-Pacific Region

    I was able to share my work with Japanese readers when Business Insider Japan published an excerpt of Hollywood Made in China translated from the US edition.


    Indonesian paper Tirto also quoted me the relationship between China and Hollywood in an article examining its implications for Southeast Asia.


    Apple Daily in Hong Kong and Taiwan covered my talk at the National Committee on US-China Relations, writing about the ways in which Hollywood changes for China.

    Europe and Latin America

    The Financial Times drew on arguments from Hollywood Made in China when analyzing Dalian Wanda's growth in the newspaper's English and Chinese versions.


    Medium Italia translated and published my comments on the significance of China's first USD 150 million budget film.

  • Selected Features


    Birtles, B. (2018). China’s new breed of patriotic hero on the big screen reflects rise of a superpower.


    Australian Broadcast Corporation (2018, February 11). China’s new breed of patriotic hero on the big screen reflects rise of a superpower.


    Economy, E. (n.d.). Podcast: Hollywood Made in China.


    Frater, B. L. P. (2018, March 29). China Film Quota Talks Could Be a Casualty in Trump’s Trade War.


    He, A. (2017, June 9). China to be No. 1 film box office by 2021, report says - USA - Chinadaily.com.cn. China Daily USA.


    Khoa, Đ. (2017). Hè 2017: Một mùa hè bom tấn đáng thất vọng.


    Lang, B. (2017, June 27). China Box Office Audit: Why Hollywood Needed to Get Tough.


    Mannepalli, A. (2017, July 8). Bollywood Conquers China? Not Quite. The Diplomat.


    March 27 - Countries Join the UK in Expelling Russian Spies; Will Hollywood Cave to Demands By Chinese Censors?; Repeal the Second Amendment? | Background Briefing with Ian Masters. (2018). WPFK Los Angeles/WBAI New York.


    McCann, C. (Ed.). (2018). 011 Aynne Kokas: Hollywood Made In China - The China-Hollywood Greenlight. The China-Hollywood Greenlight.


    Meyers, J. K. J. (2017, June 24). Chinese authorities put the brakes on a surge in live streaming.


    Li, A. J. (2017, August 7). Money alone can’t build China a thriving film industry. South China Morning Post.


    Tones, J. (2017). Las 13 películas más taquilleras de la historia de China que están cambiando Hollywood para siempre. Magnet.


    Zhong, R. (2018, April 1). When “America First” meets China’s “National Rejuvenation” | TheHill.


    Zing, T. (2018, March 30). Khi Hollywood nỗ lực l� m phim cho người Trung Quốc xem.


    参考消息网. (2018). 外媒称中国利用好莱坞发展国产电影:未来银幕主角将是中国人.


    国家新闻出版广电总局. (2018). 为在新谈判中争取更高分账比 好莱坞将审计在华票房.


    查尔斯•克洛弗马修•加拉汉; (2018, January 5). 中国对好莱坞失去兴趣的背后. 《金融时报》.

  • Book Events

    Meet the author and learn more about Hollywood Made in China

    July 29, 2018

    San Diego, CA


    Pacific Arts Movement ​

    (Non-profit arm of San Diego Asian American Film Festival)

    May 7 , 2018

    Tokyo, Japan


    Waseda University

    1 Chome-104 Totsukamachi

    Shinjuku, Tokyo 169-8050

    May 2 , 2018

    Hong Kong, China

    4:00 - 5:30 pm

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Shatin, NT, Hong Kong SAR

    The People's Republic of China

    April 24, 2018

    Washington, DC

    7:00 - 9:00 pm

    Hill Center

    921 Pennsylvania Ave SE

    Washington, DC 20003

    March 18, 2018

    Philadelphia, PA

    12:00 - 1:00 pm

    University of Pennsylvania

    Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication

    Center for the Study of Contemporary China

    3620 Walnut Street

    Philadelphia, PA 19104

    February 26, 2018

    Ithaca, NY

    4:30 pm

    Cornell University

    Cornell Contemporary China Initiative

    Kaufman Auditorium

    Ithaca, NY 14853

    Video here.

    February 6, 2018

    Chicago, IL

    Paulson Institute

    University of Chicago

    November 17, 2017

    Minneapolis, MN

    Hollywood Made in China

    University of Minnesota

    October 26, 2017

    Oxford, UK

    Hollywood Made in China

    Oxford Center for Chinese Studies Colloquium


    China Centre Lecture Theatre

    University of Oxford

    October 25, 2017

    London, UK

    Hollywood Made in China

    Culture, Media and Creative Industries Seminar

    16.00-18.00 hrs

    S-2.23 Strand Building

    King's College, London

    October 24, 2017

    Nottingham, UK

    Hollywood Made in China

    Institute for Screen Industries Research and China Policy Institute

    University of Nottingham

    October 12, 2017

    Washington, DC

    Georgetown Institute for Global History

    Georgetown University

    37th and O Streets, N.W.

    Washington D.C. 20057


    August 23, 2017


    4:15 - 5:15 pm

    School of Communication
    National University of Singapore
    Blk AS6, #03-41
    CNM Meeting Room


    June 7, 2017

    Washington, DC

    U.S. Department of Commerce

    1401 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20230


    May 2017

    San Diego, CA

    International Communication Association Annual Meeting


    May 17, 2017

    Washington, DC

    DACOR Bacon House Foundation Newberry Lecture


    April 22, 2017

    Providence, RI

    Brown University China Summit

    Providence, Rhode Island

    Register here.

    April 20, 2017

    Williamsburg, VA

    2-3:20 pm/5-6:20 pm

    Chinese Studies Lectures

    College of William and Mary

    Wilson Hall 201 More information available here.


    April 18, 2017

    Carlisle, PA

    7:00 pm

    Clarke Forum Keynote Speech

    Dickinson College

    Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium

    Learn more here!


    April 12, 2017

    Durham, NC

    7:00 pm

    Duke University

    Fuqua School of Business


    April 7, 2017

    Minneapolis, MN

    1-2:30 pm

    Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and

    Moving Image Colloquium

    University of Minnesota

    More information available here.

    March 27, 2017

    Washington, DC

    2-3:15 pm

    China in the Era of Xi Jinping: Precedents and Comparisons

    Stimson Center

    Washington, DC

    RSVP here

    March 25, 2017

    Chicago, IL

    11:00-12:45 am

    Envisioning Global Media Industries in the Era of China's Rise

    Society of Cinema and Media Studies Annual Meeting

    Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

    March 18, 2017

    Toronto, ON

    3:00-5:00 pm

    Media in Motion: Chinese Creative Content in Global Context

    Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting

    Willow West, Mezzanine

    Sheraton Centre

    March 17, 2017

    Toronto, ON

    4:00-6:00 pm

    Toronto Film and Media Seminar

    TIFF Bell Lightbox

    350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5, Canada

    March 9, 2017

    Los Angeles, CA

    4:00pm to 5:30 pm

    US-China Institute

    Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

    University of Southern California

    Books will be available for sale

    Video here

    March 8, 2017

    Los Angeles, CA

    5:00-7:00 PM

    Cinema and Media Studies Colloquium

    School of Theater, Film and Television

    University of California, Los Angeles

    Darren Star Theater

    Melnitz Hall 1422

    March 7, 2017

    Los Angeles, CA

    8-9:30 pm

    University of Virginia Alumni Entertainment Club of Los Angeles

    Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

    Conference Room 4A

    2000 Avenue of the Stars

    Los Angeles, CA 90067

    March 6, 2017

    Washington, DC

    10:00-11:15 am

    Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

    Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor

    Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
    One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
    1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20004-3027

    Video here.

    February 27, 2017

    New York, NY


    National Committee on US-China Relations

    6 E. 43rd St., 24th Floor

    New York, NY 10017

    Video here.

    February 7, 2017

    Denver, CO

    12:00 - 1:30 pm

    Center for US-China Cooperation

    University of Denver

    Josef Korbel

    School of International Relations

    SIE Complex - 5th Floor - Maglione Hall
    2201 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80208


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  • Awards and Recognition

    Hollywood Made in China was selected as a finalist for the Montaigne Medal, Eric Hoffer Awards. Less than 3% of 1600 books were selected for the honor.


    Hollywood Made in China was reviewed and/or featured in media in 45 countries and ten languages from its publication to the present.


    Hollywood Made in China was named Best General Non-Fiction Book at the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.


    Hollywood Made in China was chosen as Best Scholarly Monograph at the Chinese American Librarian Association.


    Hollywood in China was a finalist for the Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism & Mass Communication Award.