Maria Repnikova studies Chinese media and governance and China-Russia relations. Currently, she is a post-doctoral fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Her analysis has appeared both in the academic and popular press, such as The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Policy. Her current projects examine the practice of media oversight in China, China’s new persuasion methods in the digital age, media management in China and Russia, and the political training of Chinese journalists. In the past, Repnikova spent a year on the China-Russia border as a Fulbright Scholar, and she held a fellowship from the Overseas Press Club at Reuters in Beijing. Repnikova holds a doctorate (D.Phil.) in Politics from the University of Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

Last Updated: August 25, 2015

Sinica Podcast


Can Chinese Journalists Criticize the Party-State?

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn & more from Sinica Podcast
Outside observers typically view China’s media as utterly shackled by the bonds of censorship, unable to critique the government or speak truth to power in any meaningful sense. In part, this is true. Censorship and other pressures do create “no-go...



The Tianjin Explosion

Thomas Kellogg, Kevin Slaten & more
Late in the evening on August 12, a massive chemical explosion shook the city of Tianjin. Days later, the death toll stands at 114 people, though that number is expected to rise as more of the dead are pulled from the rubble. Many of those killed...