Minjie Li is a Ph.D. candidate at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. His research stands at the intersection of media diversity, intersectionality, and media psychology in advertising, journalism, and entertainment. He particularly examines the media representations of (trans)gender and sexual minorities and the persuasive effects of prosocial messaging about these marginalized social groups. He has published his sole-authored work in journals like Journalism Practice. His other sole-authored studies applying different approaches (e.g. experiment, quantitative content analysis, discourse analysis, survey) have won three top paper awards from various divisions at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). His commitment to this line of research has been recognized by being selected as an NCA Doctoral Honors fellow and a USC Annenberg Diversity in Media and Culture fellow.
In recognition of his teaching, AEJMC’s Mass Communication and Society Division has named him the first-place winner of the Promising Professor Award. To acknowledge his commitment to scholarship, service, and the Manship School community, the faculty, students, and staff voted him as the winner of the Charles P. Manship Most Outstanding Graduate Student Award.
Prior to his graduate studies, Minjie worked for the Olympics Official Website and other digital outlets as an interactive designer and digital journalist. His digital design work has been published by the Peter Lang Publishing and won an award from the Best of Digital national competition at AEJMC. He earned his Master of Mass Communication from the Manship School. During his time at LSU, he served as the manager for the Media Effects Lab (MEL) and created MEL’s website and visual identity. At the same time, he was the technology director and a core team member of the LSU Cold Case Project, an effort to bring closure to unsolved Civil Rights-era, Klan-related homicides in Louisiana and southern Mississippi. He has actively engaged in and presented at various national and international conferences (e.g. ICA, NCA, AEJMC, TS, SPSA).