Lian Jian is an Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California. She graduated from the University of Michigan, where Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason was her advisor. Her dissertation committee members were her advisor, Professor Yan Chen, Professor Rahul Sami, and Professor Nigel Melville.
She studies the strategic behavior of individuals in information aggregation systems. Information systems are great tools for collecting and aggregating distributed information held by individuals, but people may or may not have the right incentives to provide their information. Contribution costs time and effort, and some users of these systems may provide information that misleads others. How can we motivate people to share high quality information? She uses multiple methods in her research: game theoretical modeling, statistical modeling and analysis, and human-subject laboratory experiments.