Professor Lee's current research interests focus on strategic and organizational communication. Using institutional theory, he explores corporate social responsibility, organizational transparency, stigmatized industries, varieties of capitalism, and public records laws, amongst other things.
Prior to academia, he practiced law as an associate attorney with Baker Donelson PC (US), and Yoon & Yang LLC (Korea), as well as an in-house counsel at LG Display (Korea). Additionally, he worked at Samsung Electronics in its marketing department, and on a project basis with General Electronics, Cox Communications, and Fox Television Stations. In the US, he has been licensed to practice law in Tennessee since 2009.
- 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)
- Lee, T. & Comello, L. (2019). Transparency and industry stigmatization in strategic CSR communication. Management Communication Quarterly, 33(1), 68-85.
- Kim, H., & Lee, T. (2018). Strategic CSR communication: A moderating role of transparency in trust building. International Journal of Strategic Communication, 12(2), 107-124.
- 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.
Areas of Expertise
- Corporate social responsibility
- Stigmatized industries
- Public records laws
- Strategic Planning and Cases
- Strategic Communication Research
Selected Honors and Awards
- Conference presentations at top papers sessions: NCA (Organizational Communication, 2019), AEJMC (Public Relations - Students, 2015).
- William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Award for Communication Ethics Research (UNC-CH, School of Media and Journalism, 2015, 2016)
- Robert Lance Memorial Award for the Outstanding Student Paper, Honorable Mention (The American Journalism Historians Association, 2015)