Professor and Lecturer of Tier I Canada in political communication economy at the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University. She received the C. Edwin Baker Award and the Dallas Smythe Award for her contributions to scholarship on communication and democracy, and SFU's Chris Dagg Award for International Impact. The publications of Dr. Zhao include Media, Market and Democracy in China, Communication in China, Global Communication, Communication and Global Power Shifts, and Global to Village. She currently co-directs the SFU-CUC Global Communication M.A. Double Degree Programme.