Tai-Quan "Winson" Peng Ph.D.

Tai-Quan "Winson" Peng


  • Communication
(517) 355-0221


Winson Peng holds a Ph.D. from the City University of Hong Kong and currently serves as a Professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University (MSU). He assumed the position of associate professor with tenure in 2016 when he joined the Communication Department. Before joining MSU, he held the role of Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore from 2013 to 2016 and at Macau University of Science and Technology in Macau from 2009 to 2013.

Dr. Peng's current research interest includes computational social science, health communication, audience analysis, and political communication. He is particularly interested in unraveling the structure and dynamics of human communication phenomena with various computational methods  (e.g., network and spatial modeling, text mining, temporal and sequential modeling).

His research outputs appeared in top-ranked journals of communication science, information science, public health, and computer science, such as Communication Methods and Measures, Communication Research, Human Communication Research, New Media & Society, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Informetrics, JASIST, Scientometrics, AIDS Care, International Journal of Medical Informatics, Journal of Medical Internet Research, ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, EPJ Data Science, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, and elsewhere. 

He currently serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Communication. Meanwhile, he serves on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals, including Communication Methods and Measures, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and Computational Communication Research.

He was the co-founder and inaugural chair (2016-2017) of the Computational Methods Division at the International Communication Association. He co-edited two special issues on computational communication research published by Communication Methods and Measures and the Asian Journal of Communication, respectively.

  • Peng, T. Q., Zhu, J. J. H., & Liang, H. (2019) (Eds.). Introducing computational methods for communication research in Asia-Pacific. Asian Journal of Communication, 9(3)

  • van Atteveldt, W., & Peng, T. Q. (2018) (Eds.). Computational methods for communication science. Communication Methods and Measures, 12(2-3)

Research and Teaching

Thematic Research Areas

Computational Communication

Research Centers and Labs

Quello Center
Health and Risk Communication Center

Recent Publications
  • CAS892 Computational Social Science: Principles and Applications
  • COM301 Social Media Analytics
  • COM902 Communication Research Design II
  • COM830 Applied Communication Research
Contact Information

404 Wilson Rd, Room 566
Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824