Bingjie Liu

Bingjie Liu headshot
College of Arts and Letters
Department of Communication Studies
Office Location: MUS 207


Bingjie Liu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Her works explore the processes and outcomes of human-machine communication.


Ph.D. in Mass Communications (Pennsylvania State University)

MA in Global Communication (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

BA in Journalism (Renmin University of China)

BA in Economics (Renmin University of China)

Current Research Projects

Experience of human-AI interaction

Research ethics in data sharing

Selected Publications (Organized by Themes)

Human-Machine Communication

Wei, L., Kang, J., & Liu, B. (forthcoming). What if I use help for this? Exploring normative evaluations of relationship maintenance behaviors augmented by external agency. In Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (Mediated Conversation Mini-track). Maui, HI, January 3–6, 2023.

Gambino, A., & Liu, B. (2022). Considering the context to build theory in HCI, HRI, and HMC: Explicating differences in processes of communication and socialization with social technologies. Human-Machine Communication, 4, 111–130.

Liu, B. (2021). In AI we trust? Effects of agency locus and transparency on uncertainty reduction in human-AI interaction. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. 26(6), 384–402.

Liu, B. , & Wei, L. (2021). Machine gaze in online behavioral targeting: The effects of algorithmic human likeness on social presence and social influence. Computers in Human Behavior, 124.

Liu, B. , & Wei, L. (2019). Machine authorship in situ: Effect of news organization and news genre on news credibility. Digital Journalism, 7(5), 635–657.

Liu, B. , & Wei, L. (2018). Reading Machine-Written News: Effect of Machine Heuristic and Novelty on Hostile Media Perception. In M. Kurosu (Ed.), Human-computer interaction: Theories, methods, and human issues (pp. 307–324), Proceedings of the 20th International Conference HCI International 2018. Las Vegas, NV, USA, July 15–20, 2018. Springer, Cham.

Liu, B. , & Sundar, S. S. (2018). Should machines express sympathy and empathy? Experiments with a health advice chatbot. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 21(10). 625–636.

Liu, B.  (2018). Social Presence in Human-AI Interaction: A Proposal for Non-Anthropocentric Social Presence. In Proceedings of the 18th Conference of the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR). Prague, Czech Republic, May 21–22, 2018. ISBN:  978-0-9792217-6-7.

Social Media and Communication

Wei, L., & Liu, B. (2020). Reactions to others’ misfortune on social media: Effects of homophily and publicness on schadenfreude, empathy, and perceived deservingness. Computers in Human Behavior, 102, 1–13.

Kang, J., &  Liu, B. (2019). A similarity mindset matters on social media: Using algorithm-generated similarity metrics to foster assimilation in upward social comparison. Social Media and Society, 5(4), 1–15

Liu, B. , & Wei, L (2018). Modeling social support on social media: Effect of publicness and the underlying mechanisms. Computers in Human Behavior, 87, 263–275

Liu, B., & Kang, J. (2017). Publicness and directedness: Effects of social media affordances on attributions and social perceptions. Computers in Human Behavior, 75, 70–80.

Pan, J., Liu, B. (corresponding author), & Kreps, G. (2018). A content analysis of depression-related discourses on Sina Weibo: Attribution, efficacy, and information sources. BMC Public Health, 18, Article No. 772.

Media Effects

Wei, L., Sun, T., & Liu, B. (2020). Exploring the effect of incorporating Danmaku into advertising. Journal of Interactive Advertising, 20(1), 31–46.

Wei, L., Ferchaud A., & Liu, B. (2019). Endorser and bodily addressing in public service announcements: Effects and underlying mechanisms. Communication Research Reports, 36(1), 1–13.

Methods and Methodology

Liu, B. & Wei, L. (2022). Unintended effects of Open Data policy in online behavioral research: An experimental investigation of participants’ privacy concerns and research validity. Computers in Human Behavior.

Liu, B., & Sundar, S. S. (2018). Microworkers as research participants: Does underpaying Turkers lead to cognitive dissonance? Computers in Human Behavior, 88, 61–69.

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Undergraduate Courses

COMM 3300 Methods of Communication Research (Social Science) [Spring 2022, Summer 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2020]

COMM 4300 Mass Communication Theory [Fall 2021, Spring 2021]

Graduate Courses

COMS 5500 Theories of Communication (Social Science) [Fall 2021]

COMS 5620 Theories of Mass Media (Graduate Seminar) [Fall 2020]


2020–2022 Student and Early Career Representative, Communication and Technology Division, International Communication Association

Editorial board: Journal of Media Psychology

Ad hoc reviewer:

Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication; New Media & Society; Journal of Advertising; Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Digital Journalism; Journal of Media Psychology; Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking; Computers in Human Behavior Reports; Human-Machine Communication; Journal of Communication Technology; International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction; The Social Science Journal; Digital Threats: Research and Practice; Annals of the International Communication Association

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