Lan Ni

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Professor
    • Office: Communications Bldg, Room #149 
    • Email: lni@uh.edu
    • Phone: 713-743-1872  
  
Dr. Lan Ni is an Associate Professor in the Valenti School of Communication, specializing in public relations and strategic communication. Her major areas of research include stakeholder engagement and strategic relationship management, intercultural and global public relations with a focus on immigrants and minority groups, as well as identification and segmentation of publics. 

Dr. Ni has received multiple research grants and published 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. Her work has also been presented at major conferences such as International Communication Association, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, National Communication Association, Public Relations Society of America, and International Public Relations Research Conference. She currently serves on the editorial board of Journal of Public Relations Research, Western Journal of Communication, and Communication Booknotes Quarterly, as well as the Research Advisory Committee of International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Research Foundation.

Education

  • Ph.D., the University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.A., Nanjing University, China
  • B.A., Nanjing University, China
  • Certificate, Wharton School Executive Development Program, University of Pennsylvania

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Research Interests

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Relationship Management
  • Intercultural and Global Public Relations with a focus on Immigrants and Minority Groups 
  • Identification and Segmentation of Publics

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Teaching

  • Public Relations Management
  • Public Relations Theory
  • Understanding Publics
  • Intercultural and Global Public Relations
  • Principles of Public Relations

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Selected Publications

  • Ni, L., Wang, Q., & De la Flor, M. (in press). Intercultural communication competence and preferred public relations practices. Journal of Communication Management.
  • Ni, L., Wang, Q., De la Flor, M. & Penaflor, R. (2015). Ethical Community Stakeholder Engagement in the Global Environment: Strategies and Assessment. Public Relations Journal.
  • Wang, Q., Ni, L., & De la Flor, M. (2014). An intercultural competence model of strategic public relations management in the Peru mining industry context. Journal of Public Relations Research., 26, 1-22. DOI: 10.1080/1062726X.2013.795864
  • Kim, J-N., & Ni, L. (2013). Two types of public relations problems and integrating formative and evaluative research: A review of research programs within the behavioral, strategic management paradigm. Journal of Public Relations Research, 25, 1-29. DOI: 10.1080/1062726X.2012.723276 
  • Ni, L. (2012). Exploring the role of strategic relationship management in the formation of publics. International Journal of Strategic Communication, 6, 7-16. Doi: 10.1080/1553118X.2011.634867
  • Ni, L. & Wang, Q. (2011). Anxiety and uncertainty management in an intercultural Setting: The impact on organization-public relationships. Journal of Public Relations Research, 23, 269-301. Doi: 10.1080/1062726X.2011.582205
  • Ni, L. (2009). Strategic role of relationship building: Perceived links between employee-organization relationships and globalization strategies. Journal of Public Relations Research, 21, 100-120.
  • Ni, L., & Kim, J-N. (2009). Classifying publics: Communication behaviors and problem-solving characteristics in controversial issues. International Journal of Strategic Communication, 3, 217-241.
  • Kim, J-N., Ni. L., & Sha, B-L (2008). Breaking down the stakeholder environment: Explicating approaches to the segmentation of publics for public relations research. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 85, 751-768.
  • Ni, L. (2007). Refined understanding of perspectives on employee-organization relationships: Themes and variations. Journal of Communication Management, 11, 53-70.
  • Ni, L. (2006). Relationships as organizational resources: Examining public relations impact through its connection with organizational strategies. Public Relations Review, 32, 276-281.

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Research Grants

  • Ni, L. (PI), Xiao, Z., & Lu, Q. (2014). Urban Communication Foundation White Paper Grant ($10,000). A Model of Communication Effectiveness for Ethnic Community Organizations: Impact on the Health of Asian American Urban Residents. 
  • Ni, L. (PI), Wang, Q., de la Flor, M., & Penaflor, R. (2013). Page Legacy Scholar Grant, Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication ($3,000). Ethical Community Stakeholder Engagement in the Global Environment: Impact on Relationship Management and Conflict Resolution.
  • Ni, L. (2012). Immigration Experiences and Mental Health: The Role of Intercultural Communication Competencies and Organization-Public Relationships. Grant-in-Aid, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University of Houston ($6,000).
  • Ni, L. (2011). Formative Research on Public Segmentation and Relationships Management: Effects on Community Outreach. Asian American Studies Center Research Grant, University of Houston ($4,500).
  • Ni, L. (2011). Provost's Faculty Travel Grant, University of Houston ($750).
  • Ni, L. (2010). Relationship Management as an Integral Part of Strategic Management: Making Strategic Contributions and Being Managed Strategically. Small Grants Program, University of Houston ($3,000).
  • Ni, L. (2009). Relationship Management as an Integral Part of Strategic Management: Making Strategic Contributions and Managed Strategically. Work-Study Student Training and Research (STAR) Program, University of Houston ($4,000). [The undergraduate student RA withdrew later from the program for personal reasons.]
  • Lee, J., Heath, R. L., Ni, L., & Waymer, D. (2007). Professional challenges: Communicating with diverse publics during risk and crisis. Small Grants Program, University of Houston ($3,000).
  • Ni, L. (2007). Anxiety and Uncertainty Management in an Intercultural Setting: The impact on University-Student Relations. New Faculty Research Program, University of Houston ($6,000).
  • Lee, J., Heath, R. L., Ni, L., & Waymer, D. (2006). Professional challenges: Communicating with diverse publics during risk and crisis. Proposal awarded funding from Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Research Foundation ($10,000).
  • Ni, L. (2005). Exploring the value of public relations in strategy implementation – Employee relations in the globalization process. Susanne Roschwalb Award for International Research and Study ($500). Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

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Selected Awards and Honors

  • Ni, L., Wang, Q., & Gogate, A. (May, 2015). A communication-based model of acculturation experiences and mental health of immigrants: Stories from Indian immigrants. Top Paper Award, Intercultural Division, International Communication Association.
  • Urban Communication Foundation Fellow. Urban Communication Foundation.
  • 2013 Top Downloaded Article Award from Journal of Public Relations Research. The article's title is "Two Types of Public Relations Problems and Integrating Formative Evaluative Research: A Review of Research Programs within the Behavioral, Strategic Management Paradigm," co-authored with Jeong-Nam Kim.
  • Page and Johnson Legacy Scholar for the 2013-2014 academic year. Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication.
  • Wang, Q., Cai, D. A., Fink, E. L., Wang, W., & Ni, L. (2011, Nov). Moderating effect of culture on the model of conflict avoidance strategies: A U.S.-China comparison. Top Paper Award, National Communication Association 97th Annual Convention, New Orleans.
  • Czarnecka, A. & Ni, L. (2011, March). Exploring the effects of organization-public relationship and communication coorientation on organizational reputation in a higher education setting. Paper presented at the 14th Annual International Public Relations Research Conference, Miami, FL. This paper won the Institute for Public Relations Top Three Paper Award ($1,000).
  • Ni, L., Kim, J-N., & Lee, E-J. (2008, November). Classifying publics: Communication behaviors and problem-solving characteristics in controversial issues. Top Paper Award, National Communication Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.
  • Ni, L. (May, 2003). Cross-situational component of the situational theory (Top Student Paper). Public Relations division, International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

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