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Dr. Ji wins research paper award

Nov 13, 2018

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By Marcus Messner, Ph.D., Associate Director

Yi (Grace) Ji, Ph.D., assistant professor, public relations
Grace Ji, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the public relations sequence.

Dr. Grace Ji, assistant professor of public relations in the Robertson School, has won a top research paper award. Ji and her co-authors Dr. Jessica Wendorf Muhamad from Florida State University and Dr. Fan Yang from the University of Alabama at Birmingham won the Top Paper Award from the Association for Chinese Communication Studies.

Their study, which was presented at the annual convention of the National Communication Association in Salt Lake City on Friday, is titled "Reaffirming Identity and the (Online) Cross-culture Experience: Examining Internet-mediated Communication Among Chinese Students." 

“It’s amazing that Dr. Ji has won another top paper award at a major national conference in our field, after the top dissertation award she won from ICA’s Public Relations Division in May,” said Robertson School Director Dr. Hong Cheng. “Both awards speak volumes for the high quality of her research. The Robertson School is very fortunate and proud to have Dr. Ji on its faculty.”

Earlier this year, Ji was honored with the James E. Grunig and Larissa A. Grunig Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation titled “Is social media worth the investment? Seeking relationship between social-mediated stockholder engagement and nonprofit public donation.” She successfully defended the dissertation at the University of Miami in 2017 and joined the Robertson School faculty last fall semester.