BiographyLan Ni, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston. Focusing on identification of publics, relationship management, and conflict management, her research examines how public relations in intercultural settings can both benefit organizations and empower publics, especially immigrants and minority groups.
She has been awarded multiple internal and external research grants including those from Urban Communication Foundation, Arthur Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication, and Public Relations Society of America Research Foundation. Her publications have appeared in major journals in communication and public relations such as Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Communication Management, Journal of Public Affairs, International Journal of Strategic Communication, and Public Relations Journal.
She is the lead author of a book on intercultural public relations theories recently published by Routledge. It proposes and examines theoretical frameworks in communication, public relations, and community engagement, with a focus on intercultural issues both within and across borders. She also has another book under contract with Routledge that focuses on the practical aspects of intercultural public relations.
She currently serves on the editorial board of Journal of Public Relations Research, International Journal of Strategic Communication, and Western Journal of Communication, as well as the Research Advisory Committee of International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Research Foundation.
Guided by her research, she has directed public relations campaigns focusing on intercultural interactions (and conflicts) that won awards such as the Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism social media competition sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (Third place) and Public Relations Society of America Excalibur Awards (Gold).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Public relations, strategic communication, relationship management, conflict management, identification of publics, community engagement, qualitative research methods
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