Faculty & Staff

Taeho Lee

Assistant Professor, Public Relations

125 Franklin Building

Taeho Lee is a communication researcher, strategic communicator, and lawyer. He spent eight years practicing law as an associate attorney at international law firms in the US and South Korea, as well as an in-house counsel at a major electronics company in South Korea. He also worked in marketing and investor relations at two major electronics companies in South Korea. His research interests include strategic communication, corporate social responsibility, organizational transparency, institutional theory, and public records laws.


  • PhD, Mass Communication, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • JD, Emory University
  • BA, Seoul National University

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic communication
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Organizational transparency
  • Institutionalism
  • Public records laws


Lee’s research areas include business ethics, corporate social responsibility, organizational transparency, strategic and organizational communication, communication law and policy, and mass communication theory and research methodology. He has published articles in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including Business & Society, Public Relations Inquiry, Public Relations Review, and Communication Law and Policy.

Recent Citations, Publications, and Professional Work

Lee, T. & Boynton, L. (2017). Conceptualizing transparency: Propositions for the integration of situational contexts and stakeholders’ perspectives. Public Relations Inquiry, 6(3). 233-251.

Lee, T. & Riffe, D. (2017). Business news coverage of corporate social responsibility in the United States and United Kingdom: Insights from the implicit and explicit framework. Business & Society.  10.1177/0007650317696314.

Lee, T. (2017). The status of corporate social responsibility research in public relations: A content analysis of published articles in eleven scholarly journals from 1980 to 2015. Public Relations Review, 43(1). 211-218.

Lee, T. (2016). Public records fees hidden in the law: A study of conflicting judicial approaches to the determination of the scope of imposable public records fees. Communication Law & Policy, 21(2). 251-79.


Strategic planning and cases