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Dr. Sun Kyong (Sunny) Lee

Sunny Lee

Position: Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D. Rutgers University, 2013        


Office: Burton Hall Room 223

Office Hours:   W 1:00-3:00

Spring Courses 2020

  • COMM 4713 Issues in Communication Studies
  • COMM 5363 Communication and Technology

Academic Interests

My research interests are trifold: mobile communication, virtual team work, and ethnic social networks. First, I study socio-cultural influences/consequences of communication technology uses particularly focusing on the area of mobile communication. Second, my research examines how virtual team members collaborate through using various communication technologies and how they make sense of their socio-technical work environment. Last, I am interested in studying immigrant social networking that is sustained by their communication media uses and how their networking influences intercultural development and civic engagement. My future research will be  a continuation and extension of the above three themes.

Representative Publications

Lee, S., Lindsey, N. J., Kim, K., & Howe, W. T. (2019). Revisiting hearing the other side: Differential effects of social network characteristics on crosscutting discussion and political participation. International Journal of Communication, 13, 4130-4154.

Lee, S., Kramer, M., & Guo, Y. (2019). Social media affordances in entry-level employees’ socialization: Employee agency in the management of their professional impressions and vulnerability during early stages of socialization. New Technology, Work, & Employment. Published online first. doi:10.1111/ntwe.12147

Lee, S., Kim, H., & Piercy, C. W. (2019). The role of status differentials and homophily in    the formation of social support networks in a voluntary organization. Communication Research, 46(2), 208-235. Published online first in December, 2016. doi: 10.1177/0093650216641501

Lee, S., & Flores, M. L. (2019). Immigrant workers’ organizational temporality: Association with cultural time orientation, acculturation, and mobile technology use. Management Communication Quarterly, 33(2), 189-218.]

Piercy. C.W., & Lee, S. (2019). A typology of job search sources: Exploring the changing nature of job search behavior. New Media & Society, 21(6), 1173-1191.

Howe, W. T., Livingston, D. J., & Lee, S. (2019). Is #NotMyBattlefield rooted in gamer identity? An examination of demographic factors, genre preference, and technology use   of gamers. First Monday, 24(3). doi: 10.5210/fm.v24i3.9443

Kramer, M. W., Lee, S., & Guo, Y. (2019). Using communication technology to manage uncertainty during organizational assimilation: Information-seeking and information-giving. Western Journal of Communication, 83(3), 304-325. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2018.1518538

Bostwick, E., Liao, D., & Lee, S. Can I be pregnant? (2019). A study of online adolescent pregnancy forums for social support. First Monday, 24(9).

Howe, W. T., & Lee, S. (2018). Social exchange is in the game: communication and    resource flow in an Xbox gaming clan. First Monday, 23. Number 8

Kim, K., Lee, S., & Koh, J. (2018). The relationship between perceived news information overload and news consumption: Its precedents, solutions, and business implications. Korean Journal of Journalism & Communication Studies, 62(5), 7 - 36doi: 

Lee, S. (2017). Refining a theory of cross-cultural adaptation: An exploration of a new methodological approach to institutional completeness. Asian Journal of Communication28(3), 315-334.

Lee, S., Lindsey, N., & Kim, K. (2017). The effect of news consumption via social media  and news information overload on the perceptions of journalistic norms and practices. Computers in Human Behavior75, 254-263. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2017.05.007

Lee, S., von Pape, T., Karnowski, V., & Cionea, I. (2016). An English scale for measuring mobile phone appropriation: Translation and assessment. Studies in Communication | Media (SCM), 5(4), 397-426. doi: 10.5771/2192-4007-2016-4-397

Lee, S., Kim, K., & Koh, J. (2016). Antecedents of news consumers' perceived information overload and news consumption patterns in the USA. International Journal of Contents, 12(3), 1-11. doi: 10.5392/IJoC.2016.12.3.001

Lee, S., Bassick, M. A., & Wilson Mumpower, S. V. (2016). Fighting electronically: Long-distance romantic couples’ conflict management over mediated communication.  Electronic Journal of Communication, 26 (3 & 4).

Lee, S. K., & Katz, J. E. (2015). Bounded solidarity confirmed? How Korean immigrants' mobile communication configures their social networks. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 20, 615–631. doi: 10.1111/jcc4.12142

Lee, S. (2014). The impact of social capital in ethnic religious communication networks on Korean immigrants’ intercultural development. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 43, Part B, 289-303. doi: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2014.10.001

Lee, S., & Katz, J. E. (2014). Disconnect: A study of short-term voluntary mobile phone non-use. First Monday19, Number 12.