Assistant Professor


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  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Public Relations and Strategic Communication, Employee Communication, Internal Crisis Management, Leadership, Organizational Justice and Diversity
  • Department:

    • Journalism & Media Communication
  • Education:

    • Purdue University, Ph.D.


Dr. Yeunjae Lee is an assistant professor in public relations and strategic communication. She specializes in employee communication, internal issue/crisis management, and organizational diversity and justice. Using public relations theories, Dr. Lee has conducted extensive research on employee behaviors within and outside of work in response to organizational crises and diversity-related issues and the impacts of organizations’ strategic internal communication. Dr. Lee’s work has been published in more than 60 articles in leading refereed journals such as Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Journal of Public Relations Research, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Ethics, and Public Relations Review, among others. Dr. Lee also received more than ten top paper and research awards and recognitions from national and international communication associations and conferences and has been an Arthur W. Page Legacy Scholar in 2020-2023.

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Selected Publications

Lee, Y. (2022). The rise of internal activism: Motivations of employees’ responses to organizational crisis. Journal of Public Relations Research, 33(5), 387-406.

Lee, Y., & Kim, J. (2022). How family-supportive leadership communication enhances the creativity of work-from-home employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Management Communication Quarterly

Lee, Y. (2022). How dialogic internal communication fosters employees’ safety behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. Public Relations Review, 48(1), 102156

Lee, Y., & Dong, E. (2022). How transparent internal communication from CEO, supervisors, and peers lead to employee advocacy. Management Communication Quarterly

Li, J., & Lee, Y. (2022). Predicting public cooperation towards government actions in the early stages of an influenza pandemic in the United States: The role of authentic governmental communication and relational quality. Communication Research

Tao, W., Li, J., Lee, Y., & He, M. (2022). Individual and collective coping with racial discrimination: What drives social media activism among Asian Americans during the COVID-19 outbreak. New Media and Society

Lee, Y., & Li, J. (2021). Discriminated against but engaged: The role of communicative actions of racial minority employees. Communication Monographs

Lee, Y., Tao, W., & Li, J. (2021). Motivations of online and offline activism against racism and xenophobia among Asian-American publics during the COVID-19 pandemic. Telematics and Informatics

Lee, Y., Li, J., & Tsai, W. (2021). Diversity-oriented leadership, internal communication, and employee outcomes: A perspective of racial minority employees. Journal of Public Relations Research

Lee, Y., & Kim, J. (2021). The impacts of CEO leadership behaviors on employees’ affective commitment and scouting behavior: The mediating role of symmetrical internal communication. Leadership & Organization Development Journal

Lee, Y. (2021). Employees’ negative megaphoning in response to organizational injustice: The mediating role of employee-organization relationship and negative affect. Journal of Business Ethics

Lee, Y., & Li, J. (2021). The role of communication transparency and organizational trust in publics’ perceptions, attitudes, and social distancing behavior: A case study of the COVID-19 outbreak. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management