- Master's degree: Virginia Tech
- Bachelor's degree: Shaanxi Normal University
Guolan Yang is a first year Ph.D. student and University Fellow at Penn State College of Communications. She completed her master’s degree in communication from Virginia Tech and a bachelor's degree in English from Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China. During her graduate study at Virginia Tech, Guolan participated in a project on how organizations reach their people on Instagram. Her thesis focused on the extension of gatekeeping theory into social media. Guolan had a diverse work experience in television, magazine and news website, which provided her a great insight into communication studies. While a Ph.D. student at Penn State, Guolan plans to continue study the practical use of social media in public relations and try to explore research topics that may interest her, such as human-computer interaction, marketing communication and crisis management. In her spare time, Guolan enjoys cooking and any kind of outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking and snowboarding, etc.