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Faculty Bio

Lan Ni

Associate Professor
Office: Communications Bldg, Room #149
Phone: 713-743-1872
Email: lni2@central.uh.edu

Lan 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. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles 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 published by Routledge in 2018. The book 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 as the Associate Editor for Journal of Public Relations Research and will serve as the Associate Editor for Negotiation and Conflict Management Research in Fall, 2019. She has served 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).

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

Teaching

  • COMM 3368: Principles of Public Relations
  • COMM 4377: Understanding Publics
  • COMM 4397: Intercultural Public Relations
  • COMM 6370: Public Relations Management
  • COMM 6371: Public Relations Theory
  • COMM 7397: Understanding Publics
  • COMM 7397: Intercultural and Global Public Relations

Selected Publications

  • Ni, L., Wang, Q., & Sha, B-L. (2018). Intercultural public relations: Theories for managing relationships and conflicts with strategic publics. New York: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Intercultural-Public-Relations-Theories-for-Managing-Relationships-and/Ni-Wang-Sha/p/book/9781138189225
  • Ni, L., Wang, Q., & Gogate, A. (2018). Understanding immigrant internal publics of organizations: immigrant professionals’ adaptation and identity development. Journal of Public Relations Research. 30, pp. 146-163. https://doi.org/10.1080/1062726X.2018.1490289
  • 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, 9(1), http://www.prsa.org/Intelligence/PRJournal/Vol9/No1/
  • Ni, L., Wang, Q., & De la Flor, M. (2015). Intercultural communication competence and preferred public relations practices. Journal of Communication Management, 19, 167-183. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JCOM-07-2012-0061
  • 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.

Honors

  1. Ni, L. (2018, Faculty advisor for Me to We campaign of 2017). Gold Excalibur Award in the 33rd Annual Excalibur Awards, Public Service and Non-Profit Campaigns, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Houston Chapter.
  2. Ni, L. (Faculty advisor for Me to We campaign, July, 2017). Third Place Winner in the national Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism competition sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, managed by EdVenture Partners and supported by Facebook.
  3. Ni, L., De la Flor, Romero, B, & Wang, Q. (March, 2017).  Community Engagement and Public Health: A Qualitative Study of Strategic Communication of Hispanic Community Organizations. Paper won the Jackson-Sharpe Award ($2,000) at International Public Relations Research Conference, Orlando, FL.
  4. Ni, L. (2017). Valenti Impact Awards – Outstanding Teaching Award.
  5. Ni, L. (2016).  Intercultural public relations: Theories for managing relationships and conflicts with strategic publics. Project Completion Grant, UH CLASS ($4,000).
  6. Ni, L. (2016). A Model of Communication Effectiveness for Ethnic Community Organizations: Impact on Health of Hispanic Communities. The Center for Mexican American Studies ($3500).
  7. Foss, D., Johnson, L., Witt, A., & Ni, L. (2016). Deciding on the Fly:  Contextual and Individual Antecedents of Phishing. Hobby Center for Public Policy, UH ($10,000).
  8. Ni, L. (2016). A Model of Communication Effectiveness for Ethnic Community Organizations: Impact on the Health of Minority Communities. UH Small Grants program ($3000).
  9. Ni, L., (2016). Exploring an Information Sharing Platform for Emergency Communication: The Role of Stakeholder Engagement in Social infrastructure Management. Research Progress Grant, UH CLASS ($3000).
  10. Ni, L. (PI), Wang, Q., de la Flor, M., & Penaflor, R. (2015). Ethical Community Stakeholder Engagement in the Global Environment: Impact on Relationship Management and Conflict Resolution. Page Legacy Scholar Travel Grant, Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication ($1,200).
  11. 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 Communication Division, International Communication Association.
  12. August, 2014. The 2013 (Inaugural) Top Downloaded Article Award ($250) 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.
  13. Ni, L. (2014). Urban Communication Foundation Fellow.
  14. Ni, L. (2013-2014). Page and Johnson Legacy Scholar for the 2013-2014 academic year, Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication.
  15. 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.  Urban Communication Foundation.
  16. Ni, L. (PI), Wang, Q., de la Flor, M., & Penaflor, R. (2013). Ethical Community Stakeholder Engagement in the Global Environment: Impact on Relationship Management and Conflict Resolution. Page Legacy Scholar Grant, Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication ($3,000).
  17. 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).
  18. 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).
  19. 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 the National Communication Association 97th Annual Convention, New Orleans.
  20. 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).
  21. 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).
  22. 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.]
  23. 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.
  24. 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).
  25. 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).
  26. 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).
  27. 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
  28. Ni, L. (2005). National Runner-up for Ketchum Excellence in PR Research Award
    A Grant and Internship Program sponsored by the Institute for Public Relations and Ketchum public relations firm. 
  29. Ni, L. (May, 2003). Cross-situational component of the situational theory (Top Student Paper). Paper presented in the Public Relations division, International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.