• B.A., Central South University 2014
  • M.A., San Diego State University 2016
  • Ph.D., University of South Florida 2021
Areas of Interest

Gender and organizing; gendered career/professional experiences; resilience; relational dialectics; women entrepreneurs; sociomateriality/new materialisms; identity construction

Courses Taught

COMM 111: Intro to Communication Studies
COMM 152: Public Speaking


Kuang, K., Tian, Z., Wilson, S., & Buzzanell, P. (in press). Memorable messages as anticipatory resilience: Examining associations among memorable messages, communication resilience processes, and mental health. Health Communication.

Tian, Z., & Bush, H. (2020). Half the sky: Interwoven resilience processes of women political leaders in China. Journal of Applied Communication, 48(1), 70-90.

Buzzanell, P. M., Tian, Z., & Betts, T. (2021). “It was within my control to max my possibilities”: Academic life after graduate school. In B. W. Bach, D. O. Braithwaite & S. Ganesh (Eds.), By Degrees: Resilience, Relationships, and Success in Communication Graduate Studies (pp. 163-177). Cognella.

Tian, Z., & Berry, K. (in press). Dis/connection. In S. Faulkner (Ed.), Inside relationships: Creative case studies in relational communication (2nd ed., pp. 214-222). Routledge.

Kuang, K., Wilson, S., Tian, Z., & Buzzanell, P. M. (2021). Resilience and mental health in China: A cross-cultural validation of the communication resilience processes scale (CRPS). China Proceedings of Conference Full-text Database. Beijing, CN.

Professional Affiliations

International Communication Association
National Communication Association
Association for Chinese Communication Studies
Central State Communication Association
Western Communication Association