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Public Relations/Strategic Communications Research Group

Doctoral students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications conduct cutting-edge research in public relations and strategic communications through a collaborative research group.

The Public Relations/Strategic Communications Research Group was formed in Spring 2018 to facilitate scholarly discussion and productive collaborations in public relations and strategic communications research. The group is dedicated to conducting empirical research on public relations topics, issues, and trends. Student-faculty collaborators aim to produce high-quality research papers for submission to public relations and strategic communications conferences (e.g., AEJMC, ICA, IPRRC, PRSA, etc.) and scholarly journals.

Doctoral Student Members
Khalid Alharbi
Nandini Bhalla
Minhee Choi
Yu-Jin Heo
Joon Kyoung Kim (Student Research Group Coordinator)
Chris Noland
Jane Weatherred
Nanlan Zhang

Alumni Members
Queenie Jo-Yun Li, Assistant Professor, University of Miami
Won-ki Moon, Doctoral Student, University of Texas Austin
Diana Sisson, Assistant Professor, Auburn University

Our student members’ work has been presented at top conferences and published in various scholarly outlets. Some of our most recent awards include the following:

  • 2018 International Public Relations Research Conference Peter Debrecency Corporate Communication Award (Nandini Bhalla)
  • 2018 AEJMC Annual Conference Moeller Student Competition Award, Mass Communication and Society Division (Nandini Bhalla)
  • 2018 International Communications Association Conference Top Student Paper Award, Public Relations Division (Nanlan Zhang, Yicheng Zhu, and Joon Kim)