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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Jungmi Jun, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-576-5982
Fax: 803-777-4103
Office: School of Journalism and Mass Communications

800 Sumter Street, Room 306
Columbia, SC 29208
Jungmi Jun


Ph.D., Communication, George Mason University
M.A., Public Relations and Advertising, Sogang University
B.A., Mass Communications, Sogang University


Dr. Jungmi Jun is a health communication scientist and her research focuses on the intersection of message/media, socio-psychology, and health perceptions/behaviors. Her recent research has focused on communications surrounding tobacco control of emerging tobacco products, while her research interest in health disparities among racial/ethnic minorities continues. She is an author of more than 70 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers in the fields of Health Communication, Tobacco Regulatory Science, Public Health, Health Disparities/Community Health, and Public Relations.

Grants and Funded Research

COVID-19 Research Initiative Grant. When Do Victims Become Activists? Asian Americans’ Experience with COVID-19 Related Discrimination, Communicative Coping Strategies, and Engagement in Activism.($17,249). The Office of the Vice President for Research. University of South Carolina. May 2020 – Dec 2021. 

2020 Innovative Pedagogy Grant. Transformation of International Public Relations to hybrid format for personalized learning. ($2,000). The Center for Teaching Excellence. University of South Carolina. May 2020.

PI: CIC Internal Research Grant (2019): How Do Vaping Myths/Misinformation Circulate on Social/Digital Media? (co-PIs: Ehsan Mohammadi & Kim Thompson - $9,950)

PI: CIC Internal Research Grant (2019): Enhancing Young Adults’ E-cigarette Information Literacy: A Pilot Test of Interactive Digital Content and Academic Library Intervention (co-PI: Feili Tu-Keefner - $11,325)


Jun teaches PR Theory, PR Principles, International PR, PR Management, and Communicating Science, Health, and Environment at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She has taught Strategic Communication, Social Media PR, PR Campaigns, Integrated PR, PR Cases, Interpersonal Communication, and Research Methods.

Recent Publications

Jun, J. & Kim, J. (2020). Do state regulations on e-cigarettes have impacts on the e-cigarette prevalence? Tobacco Control. More»

Jun, J., Kim, J., Choi, J., & Heo, Y. (2020). Cancer control continuum in Korean American community newspapers: What is the association with the source nationality – US vs. Korea?? Journal of Racial and Ethnic Disparities. 10.1007/s40615-020-00729-3

Jun, J., & Kim, J. (2020). How do colleges communicate about e-cigarettes? The presentation of risk, policy, and cessation resources on websites. Journal of American College Health. 10.1080/07448481.2020.1711765

Jun, J., Kim, S., & Wu, L. (2019). Tobacco risk information and comparative risk assessment of e-cigarettes vs. cigarettes: Application of the reinforcing spirals model.  Journal of Health Communication. 24(4), 422–431..

Jun, J. & Nan, X (2018). Comparative risk assessment and cessation information seeking among smokeless tobacco users. Addictive Behaviors. 80, 14-21.


Jun was born in Seoul, South Korea and has lived in Washington D.C., Nashville, Detroit and Cedar Falls, Iowa. She equally enjoys traveling the world and staying home as long as she is with her husband and two sons. When she is not teaching or researching, she is reading, dancing, playing piano, swimming, cooking or eating spicy food.

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