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Dr Yuan WANG 王遠

BM (Tongji University), MA and PhD (University of Alabama, US)

Assistant Professor

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Contact Information

Office: M5085
Phone: +(852) 3442 8873
Fax: +(852) 3442 0228
Email: yuan.wang@cityu.edu.hk
Personal CV: Personal CV
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Research Interests

  • Digital Public Relations
  • Organization-Public Relationships
  • Public Engagement
  • Dialogic Communication
  • Effects of Social Media
  • Mobile Communication
Dr. Yuan Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at City University of Hong Kong. His research interests focus on the strategic roles of digital media (i.e., social media and mobile technology) in public relations processes and outcomes, including organization-public relationships, public engagement, and dialogic communication, through social scientific approaches. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, New Media & Society, International Journal of Strategic Communication, Social Science Computer Review, and Nonprofit Management and Leadership. He has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Creative Communications. He has also received several research grants from universities and governments. His research has won the NCA Top Paper Award and the Peter Debreceny Corporate Communication Award. Before joining City University of Hong Kong, Dr. Wang was a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Eastern Kentucky University, U.S. Prior to entering academia, he gained professional experience in strategic communication, digital media, and marketing at some leading corporations.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Wang, Y. (2020). When relationships meet situations: Exploring the antecedents of employee communication behaviors on social media. Social Science Computer Review. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894439320904719 [SSCI]
  • Wang, Y. (2020). Building relationships with fans: How sports organizations used Twitter as a communication tool. Sport in Society. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2020.1725475 [SSCI]
  • Wang, Y. (2020). Exploring the linkages among transparent communication, relational satisfaction and trust, and information sharing on social media in problematic situations. El Profesional de la Información, 29(3), e290207. https://doi.org/10.3145/epi.2020.may.07 [SSCI]
  • Wang, Y., & Yang, Y. (2020). Dialogic communication on social media: How organizations use Twitter to build dialogic relationships with their publics. Computers in Human Behavior, 104, 106183. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2019.106183 [SSCI]
  • Wang, Y., & Ki, E.-J. (2018). Membership matters: Why members engage with professional associations. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 29(1), 71-82. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-017-9873-x [SSCI]
  • Hopp, T., Parrot, S., & Wang, Y. (2018). Use of military-themed first-person shooter games and militarism: An investigation of two potential facilitating mechanisms. Computers in Human Behavior, 78, 192-199. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2017.09.035 [SSCI]
  • Kim, Y., Kim, B., Kim, Y., & Wang, Y. (2017). Mobile communication research in communication journals from 1999 to 2014. New Media & Society, 19(10), 1668-1691. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444817718162 [SSCI]
  • Wang, Y., Ki, E.-J., & Kim, Y. (2017). Exploring the perceptual and behavioral outcomes of public engagement on mobile phones and social media. International Journal of Strategic Communication, 11(2), 133-147. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1553118X.2017.1280497 [Scopus]
  • Wang, Y., & Dong, C. (2017). Applying social media in crisis communication: A quantitative review of social media-related crisis communication research from 2009 to 2017. International Journal of Crisis Communication, 1(1), 29-37.
  • Ki, E.-J., & Wang, Y. (2016). Membership benefits matter: Exploring the factors influencing members’ behavioral intentions in professional associations. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 27(2), 199-217. doi:10.1002/nml.21230 [SSCI]
  • Kim, Y., Chen, H., & Wang, Y. (2016). Living in the smartphone age: Examining the conditional indirect effects of mobile phone use on political participation. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 60(4), 694-713. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08838151.2016.1203318 [SSCI]
  • Yang, Y., Wang, Y., & Billings, A. C. (2016). Online Chinese discussions about the 2014 World Cup. Online Information Review, 40(6), 834-848. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/OIR-01-2016-0031 [SSCI]
  • Wang, Y. (2016). How do television networks use Twitter? Exploring the relationship between Twitter use and television ratings. Southern Communication Journal, 81(3), 125-135. doi:10.1080/1041794X.2015.1116593 [Scopus, lead article]
  • Kim, Y., Wang, Y., & Oh, J. (2016). Digital media use and social engagement: How social media and smartphone use influence social activities of college students. Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 19(4), 264-269. doi:10.1089/cyber.2015.0408 [SSCI]
  • Kim, Y., Kim, Y., Wang, Y., & Lee, N. Y. (2016). Uses and gratifications, journalists’ Twitter use, and relational satisfaction with the public. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 60(3), 503-526. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08838151.2016.1164171 [SSCI]
  • Kim, Y., Kim, Y., & Wang, Y. (2016). Selective exposure to podcast and political participation: The mediating role of emotions. International Journal of Mobile Communications, 14(2), 133-148. http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJMC.2016.075021 [SSCI]
  • Wang, Y. (2015). Incorporating social media in public relations: A synthesis of social media-related public relations research. Public Relations Journal, 9(3). Available online: http://www.prsa.org/Intelligence/PRJournal/Vol9/No3/
  • Wang, Y., & Zhou, S. (2015). How do sports organizations use social media to build relationships? A content analysis of NBA clubs’ Twitter use. International Journal of Sport Communication, 8(2), 133-148. http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/IJSC.2014-0083

Teaching Areas

  • Principles of Public Relations
  • Crisis Communication and Management
  • Public Relations Strategies
  • Public Communication Campaign Management
  • Public Relations Writing
  • Social Media and Public Relations

Professional Service

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Creative Communications (a SAGE journal indexed in Scopus and ESCI) (2020 - Present)
  • Review Editor, Editorial Board Member, Frontiers in Political Science (2019 - Present)
  • Mentor, Mentoring Program, AEJMC Public Relations Division (2019 - Present)
  • Member, Academic Committee, 12th International Forum on Public Relations and Advertising & 4th Annual Conference of Public Relations Society of China (2019)
  • Member, Teaching Committee, AEJMC Public Relations Division (2018 - Present)
  • Editorial Board Member and Reviewer Board Member, International Journal of Crisis Communication (2017 - Present)
  • Associate Editor, PR UPDATE (2017 - 2018)
  • Member, PRIDE Committee, NCA Public Relations Division (2017 - 2018)
  • Co-Chair, Graduate Student Liaison Committee, AEJMC Public Relations Division (2016 - 2017)
  • Member, Selection Committee, NCA Public Relations Division (2015 - 2016)
  • Graduate Student Representative, NCA Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division and Caucus (2015 - 2016)