Born and raised in South China, Jiacheng (Simon) Liu graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Jinan University and pursued his master’s degree in communication from Renmin University of China.
His academic interest lies in the intersection of gender, sexuality and media technology. He uses qualitative and ethnographic methods to examine a wide range of topics such as LGBTQ+ social media production, gay men dating apps and Chinese digital feminism.
His prior work has been presented at ICA and IAMCR annual conferences. Jiacheng has also worked as an intern in Chinese gay dating app company and volunteered for a Guangzhou-based NGO that focuses on elder gay men.