Lan Ni

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    • Office: Communications Bldg, Room #149 
    • Email: lni@uh.edu
    • Phone: 713-743-1872  
  
Dr. Lan Ni (B.A., M.A., Nanjing University, China; Ph.D., the University of Maryland) is an Associate Professor in communication, specializing in public relations. Her research focuses on how various organizations identify, connect with, and build relationships with their strategic publics. She has examined the role of various key components in public relations (relationships, publics, and culture) as well as the intersection among these components.

Dr. Ni has 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, and International Journal of Strategic Communication. 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 and 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

  • Identification and Segmentation of Publics
  • Relationship Management
  • Intercultural and Global Public Relations

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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. (2011). Anxiety and uncertainty management in an intercultural Setting: The impact on organization-public relationships. Journal of Public Relations Research, 23, 269-301.
  • 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.

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Professional Activities

  • Ni, L. (2012, April). Intercultural competencies and immigration experiences: Organization-public relationships and impact on mental health. Presented at the University of Houston symposium: Immigration and the Immigrant Experience: Houston and Beyond, Houston, TX.
  • 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. Paper presented at the Top Paper Session at National Communication Association 97th Annual Convention, New Orleans.
  • Ni, L., Wang, Q., & Chiappe, M. (2011, April). Strategic relationship management in an intercultural setting: Intercultural competency, anxiety and uncertainty management, public relations practices, and relationship quality in Peru. Paper presented at the Center for Global Public Relations Research Conference, Charlotte, NC.
  • 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).
  • Kim, J-N., & Ni, L. (2009, March). Creating a theory-driven strategic public relations procedure: Linking segmentation and evaluation in two types of public relations problems. Paper presented at the Twelfth Annual International Public Relations Conference, Miami, FL.
  • Ni, L., Kim, J-N., & Lee, E-J. (2008, November). Classifying publics: Communication behaviors and problem-solving characteristics in controversial issues. Paper presented at the Top Three Papers session at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.
  • Ni, L. (2008, August). Exploring relationship management as an integral part of strategic management of public relations. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, IL.
  • Ni, L., & Wang, Q. (2008, May). Anxiety and uncertainty management in an intercultural setting: The impact on organization-public relationships. Paper presented at the annual conference at International Communication Association, Montreal, Canada.

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Awards and Honors

  • Ni, L. (2012). Immigration Experiences and Mental Health: The Role of Intercultural Communication Competencies and Organization-Public Relationships. Grant-in-Aid ($6,000), College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University of Houston.
  • Ni, L. (2011). Formative Research on Public Segmentation and Relationships Management: Effects on Community Outreach. Asian American Studies Center Research Grant ($4,500), University of Houston.
  • Ni, L. (2011). Provost’s Faculty Travel Grant ($750), University of Houston.
  • Ni, L. (2010). Relationship Management as an Integral Part of Strategic Management: Making Strategic Contributions and Being Managed Strategically. Small Grants Program ($3,000), University of Houston.
  • Ni, L. (2007). Anxiety and Uncertainty Management in an Intercultural Setting: The impact on University-Student Relations. New Faculty Research Program ($6,000), University of Houston.

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