Meng

About: Dr. Juan (pronounced as “Dren”) Meng is the Head of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Dr. Meng is an associate professor of public relations. She is the founder and director of UGA‘s Go Global Choose China study abroad program. She also founded the College’s Cooperative Education 3+1+1 programs with Shanghai Normal University and Shanghai International Studies University, and serves as the programs‘ academic advisor.  

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Education

Ph.D., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
M.S., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
M.A., Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
B.S., Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Meng’s research specialization includes public relations leadership, leadership development, diversity and leadership in PR, measurement in PR, and global communication. She has published more than 70 refereed journal articles, scholarly book chapters and research reports on leadership-related topics. She is the co-editor of Public Relations Leaders as Sensemakers: A Global Study of Leadership in Public Relations and Communication Management (Routledge, 2014). Her most recent scholarly book, PR Women with Influence: Breaking through the Ethical and Leadership Challenges (Peter Lang International, 2021), is the Volume 6 of the AEJMC-Peter Lang Scholarsourcing Series. She has been invited to present at various panels, workshops, webinars, podcasts, and symposiums nationally and internationally.  

Meng serves on the national advisory board of The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations and leads several signature research projects funded by The Plank Center, including the largest global study of PR leadership, Millennial Communication Professionals in the Workplace, the biennial Leadership Report Cards, the biennial North American Communication Monitor, and Women and Leadership in PR. Meng also serves on the national advisory board of Ragan Communications and PR Daily. She was recently tapped to serve as an inaugural member of the Institute of Public Relations new initiative called IPR ELEVATE, a group of PR leaders dedicated to advancing the research-focused mission in the industry. She currently serves as the Research Vice Chair on the executive leadership committee of the Educators Academy at Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). 

Dr. Meng is an elected member of the Arthur W. Page Society since 2019, a member of the Page Up Society (2017-2019), the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2006 to present), and the International Communication Association (2006 to present). She also serves on the editorial advisory board for six leading scholarly journals in the field, including Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, International Journal of Strategic Communication, Corporate Communications: An International Journal, Journal of Promotion Management, and Journal of Public Relations Education. Dr. Meng has received multiple awards for teaching and research in public relations, including the International ABERJE Award, the Arthur W. Page Top Ethics Paper Award, the Wilcox Award for Best Teaching Paper, and other top research paper awards from PRSA, AEJMC, ICA and IPRRC.  

Looking at young millennials’ risk perception and purchase intention toward GM foods: Exploring the role of source credibility and risk attitude Juan Meng

Sun, Ruoyu (Grady alumna) and Juan Meng. (2022). “Looking at young millennials’ risk perception and purchase intention toward GM foods: Exploring the role of source credibility and risk attitude.” Health Marketing Quarterly, Vol. […]

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Gender equality in public relations and communication: A comprehensive study bridging the knowledge between North and South America Juan Meng

Abstract: our research endeavors to provide the current reality of gender equality in the profession of public relations in the geographic region of America (i.e., North America and South America). Specifically, […]

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The impact of crucibles in developing public relations character and competencies as servant leaders Juan Meng

Abstract: Crucibles are essential in the development of leaders. Crucibles refer to trials and challenges that test and mold the character, values and behavior of leaders. Through in-depth interviews with […]

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VOICES: Meet the faculty and students of VOICES and learn how you can be involved Juan Meng

Meng, Juan. (March 2, 2022). VOICES: Meet the faculty and students of VOICES and learn how you can be involved. This webinar is organized and hosted by VOICES, the new national organization […]

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The role of ethical leadership in building influence Juan Meng

Meng, Juan and Neill, Marlene. (March 15, 2022). The role of ethical leadership in building influence, invited and interviewed by Mark McClennan, APR, Fellow PRSA and to be featured in EthicalVoices: Real Ethics […]

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Ethical challenges in an evolving digital communication era: Coping resources and ethical trainings in corporate communications Juan Meng, Solyee Kim & Bryan H. Reber

Abstract: This study investigated the ethical challenges facing public relations professionals in today’s digital communication environment. Our research found nearly 60% of surveyed professionals reported that they faced ethical challenges […]

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2022 ICA Rock Star Reviewer Juan Meng

Recognition: 2022 ICA Rock Star Reviewer  – Dr. Juan Meng was nominated by the Public Relations Division of the International Communication Association for her service and reviewing for the 2022 ICA […]

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Research Award: International ABERJE Award Juan Meng

Robayo-Sanchez, Karen Andrea (Grady MA student), Dr. Juan Meng, and Dr. Ana Maria Suarez (Universidad de Medellin in Colombia) received the International ABERJE Award for outstanding research conducted on South American […]

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Ethical challenges in an evolving digital communication era: Coping resources and ethical trainings in corporate communications Bryan H. Reber, Solyee Kim & Juan Meng

Abstract: This study is motivated to investigate the ethical challenges facing public relations professionals in today’s digital communication environment. Our research found nearly 60% of surveyed professionals reported that they faced […]

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Measuring the value of public relations: An international investigation at how communication practitioners view the challenges and suggest solutions Michael Cacciatore and Juan Meng

Abstract: This research is motivated to advance our understanding of measurement challenges in communication practice and coping strategies from a global perspective. To do so, we relied on data from a […]

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The role of ethical leadership in building influence: Perspectives from female public relations professionals Juan Meng

Abstract: Practices of ethical leadership in public relations can be context-specific and they can influence organizational effectiveness. By conducting a national survey, this study examines female public relations professionals’ perspectives on […]

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Chair of the Executive Leadership Committee at Public Relations Society of America Educators Academy Juan Meng

Juan Meng was nominated and appointed as co-research Chair of the Executive Leadership Committee at Public Relations Society of America Educators Academy. Dr. Meng will work with the other co-research chair […]

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Ragan Communications and PR Daily Juan Meng

Juan Meng was nominated and appointed to the 2022 national editorial advisory board at Ragan Communications and PR Daily. Dr. Meng will work with the editor-in-chief at PR Daily and other […]

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Leveraging the cybersecurity function to build influence and strategy: An empirical study of public relations professionals’ cybersecurity acumen Michael Cacciatore, Juan Meng & Bryan H. Reber

Abstract: This study investigated PR professionals’ attention to and perceptions of cybersecurity, and their involvement in handling cybersecurity incidents. Preliminary findings include that practitioners in the US and Canada did […]

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Toward an integrated model of healthy food choice: Examining the moderated mediation effects via online search for nutrition information Juan Meng

Abstract: When numerous reasons behind the obesity problem, such as eating junk food, consuming too many calories, sedentary lifestyle, and other individual-centric causes may not be easily erased, several factors were […]

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Ethical challenges of digital communication in public relations: A comparative study of individual, organizational, and national factors in 52 countries Juan Meng

Abstract: Digital communication enables PR professionals to analyze audiences using their personal data, or to distribute messages via paid channels. Although effective, these practices are often assessed critically from an ethical […]

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Examining the characteristics and virtues associated with servant leadership in public relations Juan Meng

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to understand the extent to which servant leadership and ethics of care are being practiced by public relations leaders. This study provides in-depth […]

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Understanding the competency spectrum for communication management: The need, the gap, and the continuous learning mindset Tong Xie, Juan Meng & JeongHyun (Janice) Lee

Abstract: Communication practitioners are expected to master a wide range of communication and non-communication skills to demonstrate efficiency and competency. Although the competency spectrum has been taken for granted in […]

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Measuring the value of public relations: An international investigation of how communication practitioners view the challenge and solutions Michael Cacciatore and Juan Meng

Abstract: This research is motivated to advance our understanding of measurement challenges in communication practice and coping strategies from a global perspective. To do so, we relied on data from […]

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The role of ethical leadership in building influence: Perspectives from female public relations professionals Juan Meng

Abstract: Practices of ethical leadership in public relations can be context-specific and they can influence organizational effectiveness. By conducting a national survey, this study examines female public relations professionals’ perspectives on […]

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Gender equality in public relations and communication: A comprehensive study bridging the knowledge between North and South America Juan Meng

Abstract: our research endeavors to provide the current reality of gender equality in the profession of public relations in the geographic region of America (i.e., North America and South America). Specifically, […]

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The impact of crucibles in developing public relations character and competencies as servant leaders Juan Meng

Abstract: Crucibles are essential in the development of leaders. Crucibles refer to trials and challenges that test and mold the character, values, and behavior of leaders. Through in-depth interviews with […]

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Leadership excellence in corporate communications: A multi-group test of measurement invariance Juan Meng

Abstract: This study aims at advancing leadership research in corporate communications by introducing a more rigorous statistical approach to test whether communication professionals of different hierarchical reporting levels, years of experience, […]

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Women in public relations: Ascribed and avowed leadership identities and expectations Juan Meng

Abstract: Women who aspire to leadership positions in public relations have to develop political astuteness when it comes to addressing ascribed identities and expectations associated with gender and race. Through […]

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Inclusive leadership and women in public relations: Defining the meaning, functions, and relationships Juan Meng

Abstract: The purpose of this research is to introduce inclusive leadership as a new theoretical framework to understand its meaning and functions in advancing gender equalities and empowerment in public […]

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The roles of instrumental support and mentoring in balancing professional and family responsibilities: Perspectives from women in PR in the United States Juan Meng

Abstract: The rise of a professional career presents women in today’s public relations profession an intense challenge in balancing professional and family responsibilities. Therefore, this study investigates female public relations […]

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Ethical challenges in an evolving digital communication era: Coping resources and ethics trainings Juan Meng, Bryan H. Reber & Taeyeon Kim

Abstract: This study investigates the ethical challenges facing public relations professionals in today’s digital communication environment. Specifically, we focused our research on the new ethical challenges in digital practice, the […]

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Digital acumen and readiness for Industry 4.0: Why digital competency development is crucial for communication JeongHyun (Janice) Lee and Juan Meng

Juan Meng and Jeonghyun (Janice) Lee (doctoral student). (Sept. 23, 2021) Abstract:  Digital acumen is essential for communication management in today’s technology-driven communication environment. However, not every communication professional is […]

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Challenges for communication professionals: How communication professionals could address fake news and prevent corporations from suffering the attack of fake news Juan Meng

Invited talk by the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China. Dr. Meng was invited to share research insights on communication practice […]

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Spotlight: Digital leadership communication: Leveraging an executive brand Juan Meng

Abstract: This research spotlight shares insights on how technology changes how leaders guide their teams and organizations and some of the greatest challenges for leaders to adapt in the digital […]

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Looking at young millennials’ risk perception and purchase intention toward GM foods: Exploring the role of source credibility and risk attitude Juan Meng

Abstract: This study investigated young millennials’ risk perception, benefit perception, and purchase intention toward GM foods by testing the effects of source credibility and risk attitude. By comparing two samples […]

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Three Rs: Resilience, Resourcefulness, and Reform Mindedness in Public Relations Education amid the COVID-19 Pandemic Juan Meng

Dr. Meng serves as an invited panelist to discuss how the double pandemic—the virus and racial reckoning—is continuing to shape resilience, resourcefulness and reform in our industry and how educators […]

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The role of institutional environment in building communication professionals’ trust and satisfaction: A moderated multiple-mediation analysis. Juan Meng

Abstract: As an important group of internal stakeholders, communication professionals carry the responsibilities to communicate with multiple groups of audience and foster trusted and satisfied relationships, both internally and externally. […]

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Inclusive leadership and women in public relations: Defining the meaning, functions, and relationships. Juan Meng

Abstract: The purpose of this research is to introduce inclusive leadership as a new theoretical framework to understand its meaning and functions in advancing gender equalities and empowerment in public […]

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Leading transitions in a traumatically changing working environment: Communication professionals adapt to COVID-19 impacts. Tong Xie, Bryan H. Reber, Juan Meng & JeongHyun (Janice) Lee

Abstract: The paper presents findings from an international survey of communication professionals on change leadership in communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the strong impact brought by the pandemic, communication […]

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Assessing COVID-19 pandemic communication in China: What we know about the communication channels, sources of information, and key message retention. Part of the research panel of Learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic: Cross-cultural differences in risk and crisis communication strategies Juan Meng and Tong Xie

Abstract: This research presents the findings from a large-scale national online survey of Chinese citizens (N = 1,713) about their general knowledge of COVID-19 and the key communication channels that […]

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Better obesity knowledge, healthier food choice? Examining the moderating role of HNR claims in food advertisements. Juan Meng

Abstract: A conditional process model for the impact of obesity knowledge on healthy food choice was proposed to examine how consumers’ obesity knowledge and online search for nutritional information (OSNI) […]

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Barriers to PR women’s leadership advancement: Current situation and anticipated changes. Juan Meng

Abstract: This study examines current critical situational issues and barriers that are likely to influence women’s leadership advancement along their career paths in public relations. A national online survey of […]

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Women in communication: Assessing and advancing gender equality. Juan Meng and Solyee Kim

Abstract: This study addresses the persistent gender discrepancies in the communication profession at three levels (i.e., the micro level with individual communication professionals, the meso level with communication department and/or […]

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The roles of instrumental support and mentoring in balancing professional and family responsibilities: Perspectives from women in PR in the United States. Juan Meng

Abstract: The rise of a professional career presents women in today’s public relations profession an intense challenge in balancing professional and family responsibilities. Therefore, this study is motivated to investigate […]

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Ethical challenges in an evolving digital communication era: Coping resources and ethics trainings. Juan Meng, Solyee Kim & Bryan H. Reber

Abstract: This study is motivated to investigate the ethical challenges facing public relations professionals in today’s digital communication environment. Specifically, we focused our research on the new ethical challenges in […]

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Leadership in public relations: the state of research Juan Meng

Meng, J. (May 13, 2021). Leadership in public relations: the state of research. Invited talk at the School of Communication and International Relations, Blanquerna—Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain.  

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Building mentorship and networks: Insights from PR Women with Influence Juan Meng

Meng, J., & Neill, M. S. (May 19, 2021). Building mentorship and networks: Insights from PR Women with Influence. Invited live training session at the 2021 UGA AdPR Academy.  

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Exploring the 2020-2021 North American Communication Monitor Bryan H. Reber and Juan Meng

Meng, J., Reber, B. H., Gower, K., Zerfass, A. (June 9, 2021). Exploring the 2020-2021 North American Communication Monitor. Facebook Live Webinar, invited and hosted by the Plank Center for […]

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Risk/Crisis Communication Research Related to COVID-19 in Asia Juan Meng

Meng, J. (July 2, 2021). Trusted sources of information, perceived quality in communication, and health knowledge retention: A national study of COVID-19 pandemic in China. Invited presentation as part of […]

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Leadership Research Roundtable: Ethics of Care Juan Meng

Neill, M. S., & Meng, J. (July 27, 2021). Leadership Research Roundtable: Ethics of Care, invited and hosted by The Arthur W. Page Center and The Arthur W. Page Society.   

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AEJMC-Peter Lang Scholarsourcing Book Series Panel Karen Miller Russell and Juan Meng

Hopkins, K., Dahmen, N., Russell, Karen M., Meng, Juan, & Neill, M. S. (August 5, 2021). AEJMC-Peter Lang Scholarsourcing Book Series Panel, invited talk at the 2021 annual conference of […]

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Barriers to leadership advancement in an age of turbulence: Perspectives from Women in PR in the United States Juan Meng and Solyee Kim

Abstract  This chapter presents the research findings from a national research project on women and leadership in public relations in the United States (Meng & Neill, 2021). Through its 51 […]

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The role of institutional environment in building communication professionals’ trust and satisfaction: A moderated multiple mediation analysis. Juan Meng

Abstract As an important group of internal stakeholders, communication professionals carry the responsibilities to communicate with multiple groups of audience and foster trusted and satisfied relationships, both internally and externally. […]

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Measuring the value of public relations: An international investigation at how communication practitioners view the challenges and suggest solutions Michael Cacciatore and Juan Meng

Abstract This research is motivated to advance our understanding of measurement challenges in communication practice and coping strategies from a global perspective. To do so, we relied on data from […]

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Digital competencies in communication management: A conceptual framework of Readiness for Industry 4.0 for communication professionals in the workplace JeongHyun (Janice) Lee and Juan Meng

This research is motivated to explore communication professionals’ understanding of the digital changes brought by the Industry 4.0 revolution and how such changes may affect the strategies and skills expected […]

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Strategic Communication in a Global Crisis: National and International Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic Juan Meng

Strategic Communication in a Global Crisis: National and International Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The impact of COVID-19 pandemic, ethical challenges, gender issues, cyber security, and competence gaps in strategic communication. Juan Meng and Bryan H. Reber

North American Communication Monitor 2020-2021. The impact of COVID-19 pandemic, ethical challenges, gender issues, cyber security, and competence gaps in strategic communication.

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The 2021/2022 Page/Johnson Legacy Scholar Award Juan Meng

Meng, Juan: The 2021/2022 Page/Johnson Legacy Scholar Award for research contributions to the ethics of care in public relations research and practice. Awarded by The Arthur W. Page Center for […]

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Ethics of Care and Servant Leadership  Juan Meng

Neill, M. S. (CO-PI) at Baylor University and Meng, Juan (CO-PI) at University of Georgia: $6,000 (funded) (July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022)  Funder/Sponsor: The Arthur W. Page Center […]

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Ethical leadership and influence building: An examination of female public relations’ perceptions on preparedness, role modeling, and influence strategies Juan Meng

Abstract: Practices of ethical leadership in public relations can be context-specific but they can influence organizational effectiveness. By conducting a national survey, this study examines female public relations professionals’ perspectives […]

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Leading transitions in a traumatically changing working environment: Communication professionals adapt to COVID-19 impacts Juan Meng, Bryan H. Reber, Tong Xie & JeongHyun (Janice) Lee

Abstract: The paper presents findings from an international survey of communication professionals on change leadership in communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the strong impact brought by the pandemic, communication […]

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Assessing COVID-19 pandemic communication in China: What we know about the communication channels, sources of information, and key message retention Juan Meng and Tong Xie

Abstract: This research presents the findings from a large-scale national online survey of Chinese citizens (N = 1,713) about their general knowledge of COVID-19 and the key communication channels that […]

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Better obesity knowledge, healthier food choice? Examining the moderating role of HNR claims in food advertisements Juan Meng

Abstract: A conditional process model for the impact of obesity knowledge on healthy food choice was proposed to examine how consumers’ obesity knowledge and online search for nutritional information (OSNI) […]

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Barriers to PR women’s leadership advancement: Current situation and anticipated changes Juan Meng

Abstract: This study examines current critical situational issues and barriers that are likely to influence women’s leadership advancement along their career paths in public relations. A national online survey of […]

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Trusted sources of information, perceived quality in communication, and health knowledge retention: A national study of COVID-19 pandemic in China Juan Meng

Abstract: This research presents the findings from a large-scale national online survey of citizens in Mainland China about the perceived impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, both in the time of […]

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Book Contract Juan Meng

Tench, R., Meng, J., & Moreno, A. (eds.) (2022). Strategic Communication in a Global Crisis: National and International Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic. London: Routledge.

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PR Women with Influence: Breaking Through Ethical and Leadership Challenges Juan Meng

Meng, J., & Neill, M. S. (2021). PR Women with Influence: Breaking Through Ethical and Leadership Challenges. New York: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers. *This book is Volume 6 of […]

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The Arthur W. Page Center Top Ethics Paper Award Juan Meng

Juan Meng, University of Georgia, and Marlene S. Neill, Baylor University won The Arthur W. Page Center Top Ethics Paper Award in recognition for exceptional research that refines and expands […]

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2020 Best Master Thesis Award for Excellence on Theoretical Impact Juan Meng

Daniel Ziegele (Grady visiting graduate student), Master’s thesis title, “Work stress among communication professionals: A comparative study between Germany and the United States,” received the 2020 Best Master Thesis Award […]

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Empowering women in PR: Breaking through ethical and leadership challenges Juan Meng

Panel description: This joint panel between Media Ethics Division and Public Relations Division explores in depth the topic of women’s ethical and leadership challenges in public relations and communication management. […]

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The role of effective leadership performance in constructing an engaging institutional environment for communication professionals: Evidence from a global study Juan Meng

Abstract: Communication leaders can strategically use organizational resources to co-define functions (the constructionist approaches in leadership) and to establish interpersonal alliances within and beyond communication units (the relational approaches in […]

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Building trusting and committed relationships: The role of job cognition and face-and-favor in the context of Chinese organizations Tong Xie, Juan Meng & Solyee Kim

Abstract: This study tests how the cognitive component of work attitude, particularly the job cognition as tested by Williams and Anderson (1991), affects the dynamic relationships among trust, commitment, and […]

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Award: The Most Dedicated Reviewer Award – Meng, Juan (2019). Juan Meng

Meng, J. (2019). The Most Dedicated Reviewer Award, recognized by Public Relations Division at the 2019 International Communication Association annual conference in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019,

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Research Report: Juan Meng and Bryan H. Reber

Meng, J., Berger, B. K., Heyman, W., & Reber, B. H. (2019). Public relations leaders earn a “C+” in The Plank Center’s Report Card 2019. Gender and hierarchy gaps widen, […]

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Book Contract: Communication Management Toolbox: Thinking tools and methods for managing corporate communications Juan Meng

Zerfass, A., Volk, S. C., Meng, Juan., & Chen, P. (2021, forthcoming). Communication Management Toolbox: Thinking tools and methods for managing corporate communications. New York: Springer. * This book will […]

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Book Published: North American Communication Monitor 2018-2019. Tracking trends in fake news, issues management, leadership performance, work stress, social media skills, job satisfaction and work environment. Juan Meng, Bryan H. Reber, Tong Xie & Solyee Kim

Meng, J., Reber, B. H., Berger, B. K., Gower, K. K., & Zerfass, A. (2019). North American Communication Monitor 2018-2019. Tracking trends in fake news, issues management, leadership performance, work […]

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Grant: Best practices and cases in communication management tools Juan Meng

This project is jointly funded by the National Social Science Fund of China (NSSFC) (Funded Project Series ID: 18BXW065) and the Academic Research Project Funds of Shanghai International Studies University, […]

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Can Google Analytics Certification Cultivate PR students’ competency in digital analytics? A longitudinal pedagogical research Yan Jin, Solyee Kim & Juan Meng

Abstract: This longitudinal pedagogical research investigates students’ perceptions and learning outcomes by integrating web and social analytics-based learning activities (i.e., Google Analytics courses and certification test) into Public Relations Research […]

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The impact of organizational culture and leadership performance on PR professionals’ job satisfaction: Testing the joint mediating effects of engagement and trust Juan Meng

Abstract: The study examines the impact of critical organizational factors (organizational culture and excellent leader performance) on public relations professionals’ overall job satisfaction by focusing on testing the joint mediating […]

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Maximizing the potential of millennial communication professionals in the workplace: A talent management approach in the field of strategic communication Juan Meng

Abstract: Although millennials have been extensively examined in the popular and academic literature, there have not been sufficient studies in strategic communication that help us fully understand this unique and […]

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Maximizing the potential of millennial communication professionals in the workplace: A talent management approach in the field of strategic communication Juan Meng

Abstract: Although millennials have been extensively examined in the popular and academic literature, there have not been sufficient studies in strategic communication that help us fully understand this unique and […]

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Teaching Specialties

Dr. Meng’s teaching areas include public relations campaigns, research, global PR, PR leadership and ethics. Dr. Meng founded and directs UGA’s ADPR Choose China study abroad program. She leads the program since 2014 and takes students to Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong to learning global advertising and public relations. To know more about the program, please visit the Choose China website.

Experience

Prior to moving to the United States, she practiced communication in Shanghai for a few years, including being a journalist and editor at the Shanghai TV Network, correspondent in Xinhua News Agency (Shanghai Bureau), media relations specialist in Shanghai Media Group (SMG), and other strategic communication & marketing consulting service for various organizations. Before joining the faculty at Georgia, she was faculty at the University of Dayton and Oklahoma State University.

Awards and Fellowships

Dr. Meng has received multiple awards for teaching and research in public relations, including the Wilcox Award for Best Teaching Paper from AEJMC, the Red Raider Award from the Institute for Public Relations (IPR), and several top research paper awards from AEJMC, ICA and IPR.

  • Member, The Page Society, since 2019
  • Women’s Leadership Fellow, 2019-2020
  • Board Member, The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, since 2018
  • Member, The Page Up Society, since 2016
  • Fellow, 2015-2016 UGA Service-Learning Fellowship Program
  • Fellow, 2013-2014 UGA Teaching Academy Fellowship Program

Fortmueller

About

Kate Fortmueller teaches courses in media industries and media theory. Her research focuses on media industry studies with an emphasis on labor.

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Education

Ph.D., Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
M.A., Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
B.A., Government and Italian Studies, Smith College

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Fortmueller’s work combines political economy, media industries studies, and cultural studies. Her research on actors and below the line talent utilizes both archival evidence and ethnographic methods to explore historical and contemporary issues for people working in film, television, and digital production. Her work appears in Film History, the Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, Journal of Film and Video, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Media Industries, and Television & New Media.

Dr. Fortmueller’s books, Below the Stars: How the Labor of Working Actors and Extras Shapes Media Production  and Hollywood Shutdown: Production, Distribution, and Exhibition in the Time of COVID , were both published by the University of Texas Press in 2021.

She is currently co-editing an anthology on Hollywood unions and guilds and writing a second book for University of Texas Press about the effect of the pandemic on the entertainment media industries.

She is the chair of the Professional Development Committee and co-chair of the Media Industries SIG in the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Vintage Furniture: The Significance of the Casting Couch as Industry Gossip and Rumour Kate Fortmueller

Fortmueller, K. (forthcoming 2022.) “Vintage Furniture: The Significance of the Casting Couch as Industry Gossip and Rumour,” NECSUS European Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. Abstract: In this article, I argue […]

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One labor network?: Frameworks for Understanding Media Unions and Organizing Across Borders Kate Fortmueller

Panel Overview: In October 2021, with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) on the brink of a strike, film and television unions around the world began to issue […]

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Labor, celebrity, and the carnivalesque in Tiger King Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: When the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States and people across the country began to shelter in place, viewers turned to the big personalities of the big cat world, […]

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Transatlantic Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities – Funding Kate Fortmueller

Mayer, V. (Lead PI, Tulane University), Fortmueller, K., Sakakeeny, M., Saas, W. (US team) Transatlantic Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities, $200,000 (US portion) disbursed by NSF to conduct a study on […]

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Hollywood Unions Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: Hollywood Unions is a unique collection that tells the stories of the unions and guilds that have organized motion picture and television labor: the DGA, IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, and WGA. […]

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Hollywood Shutdown: Production, Distribution, and Exhibition in the Time of Covid Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: Hollywood Shutdown examines how the COVID-19 pandemic affected film and television production, influenced trends in distribution, reshaped theatrical exhibition, and altered labor practices. From January movie theater closures in […]

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Below the Stars: How the Labor of Actors and Extras Shapes Media Production Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: Despite their considerable presence in Hollywood, extras and working actors have received scant attention within film and media studies as significant contributors to the history of the industry. Looking […]

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Charisma and Hollywood Kate Fortmueller

From the 1910s through the end of the studio system in the 1940s studio heads and publicity departments crafted a system to manufacture and capitalize on the idea of charisma. […]

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Pandemic Hollywood: Global Media Industries in the Time of COVID-19 Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: In 2020, widespread shutdowns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted how we make, distribute, and watch media. Around the world businesses, cities, and borders closed in order […]

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Hollywood Shutdown: Production, Distribution, and Exhibition in the Time of COVID Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: Hollywood Shutdown examines the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Hollywood beginning with the closure of movie theaters in China over Chinese New Year and ending with Mulan’s bumpy […]

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Right Here in Hollywood: The Greatest Story Ever Told, the American West and the American Film Worker Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: The 1950s and 1960s saw a swell of films shot on location and abroad, often big-budget, widescreen epic films. These runaway productions represented a practical financial decision for Hollywood […]

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Time’s Up (Again?): Transforming Hollywood’s Industrial Culture Kate Fortmueller

Abstract:  In the 1970s, almost fifty years before the “Time’s Up” movement, women in Hollywood unions organized “women’s committees” to counter institutional sexism and address rampant underemployment. While the unions […]

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Actors and the Anti-Rerun Campaign Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: The early 1970s marked a number of significant changes in the television landscape: new regulatory structures, the growth of cable, and shifts in programming including a steep rise in […]

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Time’s Up (Again?): Transforming Hollywood’s Industrial Culture Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: In the 1970s, almost fifty years before the “Time’s Up” movement, women in Hollywood unions organized “women’s committees” to counter institutional sexism and address rampant underemployment. While the unions […]

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Hollywood Freelance: Extras, Actors, and On-Screen Talent Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: Actors are, and have always been, the biggest labor force in Hollywood. Although their faces might be familiar, how they have negotiated the extremely competitive and ever-changing business of […]

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Below-the-Line Labor and Infrastructure in Hollywood Kate Fortmueller

From the ragtag crews of 1910s productions to the organized backlots of Classical Hollywood to the runaway productions of the last fifty years, Hollywood has employed a wide array of […]

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Voice actors and video games in the age of convergence Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: “What type of sword am I wielding?” For most performers in visual media this question is moot, clearly answered by the prop department – but for video game voice […]

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Teaching Specialties

Dr. Fortmueller’s courses are designed to help students understand the relationship between media studies and media making while giving them a fuller understanding of media histories. Prior to teaching in Grady College, she taught in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and at Fairfield University.