Austin Lee

Dr. Austin Lee received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from Michigan State University and B.A. from Seoul National University. He joined the faculty of the Department of Communication as an Assistant Professor in 2012.

He currently teaches persuasion, intercultural communication, and research methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.His research employs a broad array of quantitative methods including laboratory experiments, online surveys, social network analysis, and functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Dr. Lee has received the top paper award for the International and Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

  1. Favorite TV Show and why: Star Trek because of Mr. Spock. He was not human, but he represented the noblest ideals of humanity: kindness, integrity, curiosity, courage, professionalism, and honor. As Captain Kirk said, Spock was the most human soul we have ever encountered.
  2. Favorite Social Media site or blog and why: Have you heard of ResearchGate? It is a social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators. In a nutshell, it’s a Facebook for research nerds.
  3. Memorable moment and why: When I covered the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. Olympic games are the most exciting events for reporters. In addition, it is really fun to watch athletes sweeping the ice sheet with brooms while sliding a large stone. Yes, I am talking about curling. Have you heard of it?
  4.  If movie made of your life what genre would it be and who should play you: Science fiction and George Takei.
  5. What’s one thing you’d put on your bucket list and why: Getting a private pilot license, with a twin-engine rating. It will be my first step to fly the USS Enterprise in the future, just like Mr. Spock and Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu.