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Jieyu (Jade) D. Featherstone


  • M.A., Marquette University, Communication Studies, 2016
  • B.A., Beijing Foreign Studies University, Translation and Interpreting, 2014

Research Focus

Jade is primarily interested in health misinformation on social media. Particularly, she has done various research trying to understand the effects of misinformation, the strategies of combating misinformation, and the spread of misinformation online. Her secondary research focuses on understanding the attitudes of genomic editing among different populations and how to construct campaign strategies. 

Currently, Jade is doing research on the effects of misinformation and approaches for correcting misinformation. Strategies such as fact check misinformation, using two-sided refutational messages have achieved successful results. At the same time, Jade is also working on big data to discover opinion leaders, discourse characteristics about genome editing on Twitter. Jade will also attend Facebook's summer internship at Menlo Park in 2019 to pursue her research on misinformation. 

Selected Publications


Featherstone, J. D., Ruiz, J. B., & Barnett, G. A. (2020). Exploring childhood vaccination themes and public opinions on Twitter: A semantic network analysis. Telematics & Informatics. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2020.101474

Featherstone, J.D., Bell, R. R., & Ruiz, J. B. (2019). Relationship of people’s sources of health information and political ideology with acceptance of conspiratorial beliefs about vaccines. Vaccine, 37, 2993-2997.Calabrese,

Calabrese. J., Ding, J., Barnett, G., Millam, B. (2019). The uproar over gene-edited babies: A semantic network analysis of CRISPR on Twitter. Environmental CommunicationDOI: 10.1080/17524032.2019.1699135

 Anderton, B., Calabrese, C. J., Featherstone, J. D., Barnett, G. A., & Woelfel, J. (2019). Message strategies to improve the image of CRISPR. Communication & Science Journal.

Ji, J., Chao, N., & Ding, J. (2019). Rumormongering of genetically modified (GM) food on Chinese social network. Telematics and Informatics, 37, 1-12. Retrieved from: https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1YRTk2dUkYFfaW

Zhang, J., Calabrese, C., Ding, J., Liu, M., & Zhang, B. (2018). Advantages and Challenges in Using Mobile Apps for Field Experiments: A systematic review and a case study. Mobile Media and Communication, 6, 179-196.

Ding, J. (2017). Sexual acculturation and risk perceptions: information seeking and processing among Chinese students in the U.S. (Master’s thesis). Retrieved from: https://epublications.marquette.edu/theses_open/405/

Conference Involvement

Ding, J., & Zhang, J. (2019, May). The Effects of Vaccine Misinformation and Refutational Messages on Negative Emotions and Vaccine Attitudes. Paper accepted to 69th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Information System Division, Washington, DC.

Ding, J., Bell, R., & Ruiz, J. (2018, December). Relationship of people’s sources of health information and political ideology with acceptance of conspiratorial beliefs about vaccines. Paper presented at The Promoting Research in Social Media and Health Symposium (PRISM), San Francisco, CA. 

Ding, J., Zhang, J., & Dam, K. (2018, May). Disguised in Conspiracy or Uncertainty? Effects of Vaccine Misinformation on Vaccination Intentions. 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Information Systems Division. Prague, Czech Republic.

Ding, J. (2016) Sex acculturation and risk perceptions: Information seeking and processing among Chinese Students in the U.S. Paper presented in Chinese Communication Association, National Communication Association 102th Convention, Philadelphia, PA.


Data Incubator Summer Fellowship, 2018 Summer, UC Davis, Data Science Initiative

STRIDE Incubator Data Training Program for my research proposal, "Who are retweeting vaccine misinformation on Twitter? Dissemination of vaccine misinformation on Twitter," Data Science Initiative, UC Davis

Conference Travel Grant ($800), 2018 June, UC Davis, Department of Communication

Conference Travel Grant ($800), 2016 November, UC Davis, Department of Communication