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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
Nandini Bhalla
Minhee Choi
Joon Kyoung Kim
Queenie Jo-Yun Li
Nanlan Zhang

MA Student Members
Won-ki Moon

Our student members’ work has been presented at top conferences. The following papers have received award recognition:

  • Nandini Bhalla’s paper, "Green Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Communication and Culture: A comparison between the U.S. and India,” has been selected to receive the Peter Debreceny Corporate Communication Award at the 2018 International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC) in Orlando, FL.

  • Nanlan Zhang, Yicheng Zhu, and Joon Kyoung Kim’s paper, “The Network of Territorial Dispute Discussion as Twitter Diplomacy: Four Models of Public Relations and Human-Robot Accounts’ Interaction,” will receive a Top Student Paper Award at the 2018 International Communications Association (ICA) Conference in Prague, CZ.