Songyin Liu

Songyin Liu

PhD Researcher

Department of Media and Communications

About me

Research topic

Perceived Internet Anonymity and Transgender Identity in Contemporary China

Songyin’s research interests are located in social media and gender. The intention of his proposed thesis is to examine if and how perceived Internet anonymity affects Chinese transgender individuals’ identity construction. Combining in-depth interviews and online surveys, the project aims to comprehensively understand the meaning of anonymity and identity for transgender people and furthermore, the politics of name and naming in the Internet era. 

Supervisors: Dr Ellen Helsper and Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser


Before joining LSE, Songyin received a Bachelor degree in science and economics and a MA in communications from Peking University. Songyin is funded by the LSE studentship.

Expertise Details

Internet Use; Anonymity; Transgender; Identity