Combining humanities and social science methods, from oral and archival histories to quantitative analyses of web traffic and social media traces, Wu works at the intersection of media and communication study and science and technology studies (STS), with a focus on the dynamic interactions of politics and infrastructures of knowledge production. Her research intervenes in fields such as critical data studies, platform studies, audience analysis, the political economy of media and media governance, and post/socialism studies.
Wu holds a PhD in Media, Technology and Society from Northwestern University. She received her Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and her B.A. in Journalism and Communication with a Minor in Applied Computer Science from Tsinghua University.