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Dr. Hongmei Shen


Area Head - Public Relations

San Diego



Hongmei Shen, Ph.D., APR, is a professor in the School of Journalism and Media Studies and area coordinator of the public relations program. She earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Maryland in 2009. The primary goal of her research is to enhance theory building and measurement of public relations effectiveness, internationally.

She has published articles on relationship management, conflict management, crisis communication, and health communication in a variety of top journals such as Journal of Public Relations Research, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Public Relations Review, Public Relations Journal, Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, and Journal of International Communication. She also has won top paper awards at international and national conferences.

Dr. Shen has a professional background in media relations, marketing, and journalism, both in the United States and in China. She is a member of the Commission on Public Relations Education, past chair of PRSA’s National Committee on Work, Life, and Gender, and 2016 associate editor for the Journal of Public Relations Research.