Hi, my name is Ke Nie and I am a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of California, San Diego. I use both quantitative and qualitative methods to study cultural markets and cultural policies around the world with a specific focus on music. For example, my latest publication at Poetics uses Music Information Retrieval (MIR) algorithms and topic models to investigate how censorship impacted music genres in China. I am now focusing on my dissertation project, which examines how creativity is organized, regulated, and practiced in the Chinese popular music industry in the wake of its extensive digitization.

Before joining the doctoral program at UCSD, I worked as a news correspondent and later a freelance writer in China, writing for Xinhua, Caixin Weekly, The Paper, The Initium, CNPolitics, and many other renowned media platforms. In my spare time, I also write and produce music for music videos, commercials, and fun.

Feel free to reach out to me at knie[at]ucsd.edu.

2023 (exp.), PhD in Sociology, University of California, San Diego
2021, MA in Sociology, University of California, San Diego
2014, MA in Journalism, Peking University
2012, BA in German Language and Literature, Peking University
2012, BA in Economics, Peking University
Research Interests
Sociology of Culture, Economic Sociology, Political Sociology, Organizations, Media Platforms, Computational Social Science