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D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Leeds

D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye, PhD, is Lecturer of Digital Communication at the School of Communication at Queensland University of Technology. His research interests include digital music, cultural policy, and platform studies. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (2021) from the Digital Media Research Centre at from Queensland University of Technology, Australia, as well a Master of Science (by research) in Mass Communications (2016) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Sciences (2014) from Kansas State University, USA.

His PhD thesis explored recent policy developments in copyright law in Myanmar, arguing that future studies adopt a decolonizing framework for empirical studies of law and cultural policy. Recently, he has extensively researched the short video platform, TikTok, with several articles published in peer-review journals and a book under contract with Polity Press to be published in 2022. He has also published research on creative labor in India, digital media in China, and cultural policy in Myanmar.


  • 2021–present
    Research associate, Curtin University
  • 2021–present
    Assistant researcher, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2021–present
    Assistant researcher, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2021–present
    Postdoctoral fellow, Sorbonne University Paris Nord
  • 2018–2020
    Editorial Assistant, Media Industries Journal


  • 2021 
    Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2016 
    Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS USA, Master's of Science Mass Communications
  • 2014 
    Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS USA, Bachelor's of Arts Psychological Sciences


  • 2021
    The co-evolution of two Chinese mobile short video apps: Parallel platformization of Douyin and TikTok, Mobile Media and Communication
  • 2021
    You Made This? I Made This: Practices of Authorship and (Mis)Attribution on TikTok, International Journal of Communication
  • 2021
    #Positive Energy Douyin: constructing 'playful patriotism' in a Chinese short-video application, Chinese Journal of Communication
  • 2021
    Copyright Gossip: Exploring Copyright Opinions, Theories, and Strategies on YouTube, Social Media + Society
  • 2021
    Media Censorship: Obscuring Autocracy and Hindutva-ideology in Indian Governance, Communication, Culture and Critique
  • 2020
    Reclaiming policy in the Myanmar popular music industry, International Journal of Cultural Policy
  • 2019
    Pushing the Next Level: Investigating Digital Content Creation in India, Television & New Media

Professional Memberships

  • TikTok Cultures Research Network