Zixue Tai joined the media arts and studies faculty in 2007. He teaches courses in multimedia and interactive game development, global communication, telecommunications policy and regulation, and other courses examining the interplay of new media and society.
Tai holds a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities as well as an MSS (Master of Software Systems) from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) and an MA from Shanghai International Studies University. Previously, he taught at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and Shanghai International Studies University (SISU).
His research interests focus on global communication with a special emphasis on the transformation of Chinese media in the new millennium as well as the individual/social impact of new media technologies. He is the author of The Internet in China: Cyberspace and Civil Society (Routledge, 2006). Additionally, his research has appeared in journals such as International Communication Gazette, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, New Media & Society, Journal of Communication, and Sociology of Health & Illness.