Ejae Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in The Media School. Her research interest lies in authenticity in public relations, specifically how individual stakeholders perceive the authenticity of an organization itself and its communicative actions and how perceived authenticity helps an organization develop solid and sustainable relationships with its stakeholders. Her current research focuses on the impact of authentic advocacy on individuals’ perceptions about organizations, sociopolitical issues, and social change. She taught MSCH-R349 Public Relations Writing in the spring and fall semesters of 2021.
Ejae received her M.A. degree in Media Arts and Sciences from Indiana University in May 2018. She earned her B.A. degree in Law with a minor in Chinese Language and Literature and M.A. degree in Mass Communication from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea.
Yang, S-U., Kang, M., Kim, Y., & Lee, E. (2022). The effects of leadership in corporate social advocacy on positive employee outcomes. Journal of Public Relations Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/1062726X.2022.2123331
Kim, Y., Lee, E., Kang, M., & Yang, S-U. (2022). Understanding the influence of authentic leadership and employee-organization relationships on employee voice behaviors in response to dissatisfying events at work. Management Communication Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/08933189221085562
Browning, N.P., Lee, E., Lee, S.H., & Yang, S.-U. (2022). We’re all in this together: Legitimacy and coronavirus-oriented CSR messaging. Sustainability, 14(5), 2534. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14052534, *Published as part of the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication’s special issue, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Social Advocacy, and Societal Changes.
Lee, E., Kang, M., Kim, Y., & Yang, S-U. (2021). Exploring the interrelationship and roles of employee-organization relationship outcomes between symmetrical internal communication and employee job engagement. Corporate Communications: an International Journal. https://doi.org./10.1108/CCIJ-12-2020-0167
Browning, N.P., Lee, E., Park, Y.E., Kim, T., & Collins, R. (2020). Muting or meddling? Advocacy as a relational communication strategy affecting organization-public relationships and stakeholder response. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 97(4), 1026-1053. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077699020916810
Kim, Y., Kang, M., Lee, E., & Yang, S-U. (2019). Exploring crisis communication in the internal context of an organization: Examining moderated and mediated effects of employee-organization relationships on crisis outcomes. Public Relations Review, 45(3). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pubrev.2019.04.010
Browning, N.P., Yang, S-U., Park, Y.E., Lee, E., & Kim, T. (2019). Do ethics matter? Investigating donor responses to primary and tertiary ethical violations. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 96(4), 1145-1171. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077699019835903
Selected Conference Papers
Lee, E. (March, 2023). Measuring perceived authenticity in corporate social advocacy. Presented in the 26th Annual International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC) in Orlando, FL, United States. *Fullintel Media Insights and Impact Award
Lee, E. (August, 2022). Defining authenticity in corporate social advocacy. Presented in the Refereed Top Student Papers session of Public Relations Division at the 105th Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in Detroit, MI, United States.
Lee, E. (March, 2022). Having the courage to be disliked: Exploring communication strategies to enhance authenticity in corporate social advocacy. Presented in the 25th Annual IPRRC in Orlando, FL, United States. *Top Student Paper Award sponsored by University of Miami School of Communication
Lee, E. (August 2020). What makes organizational advocacy more effective? The moderating effect of the publics’ perceptions of issue polarization. Presented in the 103rd Annual Conference of the AEJMC. *2nd Place Student Competition Paper in Public Relations Division.
Lee, E. (August 2018). Authenticity in public relations: The effects on the outcomes of public relationships. Presented in the 101st AEJMC, Washington, D.C., United States. *3rd Place Poster in 2018 Public Relations Division Scholar-to-Scholar Session
Lee, E. (March 2017). Explicating authenticity in public relations. Presented in the 20th IPRRC in Orlando, FL, United States. *Top Student Paper Award sponsored by University of Miami School of Communication
Public Relations, Authenticity, Organization-Public Relationships, Corporate Social Advocacy, Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Interest Communication, Social Media Communication Strategies