Faculty & Staff

Taeho Lee

Assistant Professor, Public Relations

125 Franklin Building

Taeho Lee is a communication researcher, strategic communicator, and lawyer. His research interests include strategic communication, corporate social responsibility, organizational transparency, institutional theory, and public records laws.

Education and Professional License

  • PhD, Mass Communication, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • JD, Emory University (Managing Editor, Emory International Law Review (Issues 22:2 & 23:1))
  • BA, Communication, Seoul National University
  • License to Practice Law (Tennessee Supreme Court)

Areas of Expertise

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


Lee’s research areas include 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, Management Communication Quarterly, International Journal of Strategic Communication, Public Relations Inquiry, Public Relations Review, and Communication Law and Policy.

Recent Citations, Publications, and Professional Work

Lee, T. & Comello, L. (In press). Transparency and industry stigmatization in strategic CSR communication. Management Communication Quarterly.

Kim, H., & Lee, T.  (2018). Strategic CSR communication: A moderating role of transparency in trust building. International Journal of Strategic Communication12(2), 107-124.

Lee, T. & Boynton, L. (2017). Conceptualizing transparency: Propositions for the integration of situational contexts and stakeholders’ perspectives. Public Relations Inquiry6(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 Review43(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
Strategic Communication Research