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Status: PhD Candidate

Adviser: Michelle King

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BA Furman University, 2015
M.A., Chinese History

Research Interests

Donald’s research interests revolve around propaganda, media systems, and newspaper culture in recent Chinese history. His dissertation engages with the Chinese-socialist media landscape through a variety of lenses, including consumption of material in public “newspaper reading groups,” the analysis of Chinese-socialist advertising culture in the People’s Daily newspaper, and the practice of amateur journalism and journalistic practices across local newspaper bureaus in Anhui province. His research leverages ‘sinological garbology’ to acquire difficult-to-locate historical documents in flea markets and rare book shops, challenging the narratives of media production posed by of traditional repositories of historical information, such as state-controlled archives. He is particularly interested in constructions of truth value across global newspaper cultures in the 20th century, and how these values have influenced the shape of contemporary Chinese media and propaganda.

Some Notable Publications

  • “‘Making the Paper Come Alive’: Entertainment, Emotion, and Newspaper Reading Groups in the People’s Republic of China (1951–1955),” Media History (issue forthcoming) doi: 10.1080/13688804.2021.1914014
  • “Transnational Environments and ‘Mixed Signals’ in Radio Propaganda: The Voice of America, the BBC, and the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1976,” Journal for Media History 24 (2): 2021 (issue forthcoming).
  • “What Advertisements can Tell us about Socialist News Cultures,” Contextual Alternate Drafts of History Project, May 2021.
  • Michelle T. King, Jia-Chen Fu, Miranda Brown, Donny Santacaterina, “Rumor, Chinese Diets, and COVID-19: Questions and Answers about Chinese Food and Eating Habits,” Gastronomica (2021) 21 (1): 77–82.
  • Recent Public Engagements

  • “Rumor, Chinese Diets, and Covid-19: Questions and Answers about Chinese Food and Eating Habits,” Hosted by UNC Global, 14 May 2020.
  • Courses Offered

    HIST 285: 20th Century Chinese History (Spring 2021)