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Sunny Xun Liu

  • Research Scholar, Social Media Lab


Sunny Xun Liu is a Social Science Research Scientist and Associate Director at Stanford Social Media Lab. Liu earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media from Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the social and psychological effects of social media and AI, social media and well-being, digital literacy, how the design of social robots and AI impact psychological perceptions. Before joining Stanford, she was an Associate Professor at California State University, Stanislaus. She has won top3 faculty paper awards from ICA and AEJMC and published in communication and psychology journals. She has served on the Chinese Communication Association’s Steering Committee and the ICA and AEJMC Research Chair and a steering committee member on PRISM (Promoting Research in Social Media and Health Symposium).  Her research has been funded by NSF, Army Research Office, Google Research and Stanford HAI and has been published in multiple psychology and communication journals.