School of Communication & Journalism

Myoung-Gi Chon

Myoung-Gi Chon Assistant Professor, Public Relations
237 Tichenor Hall
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Office Hours

  • Tuesday 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Thursday 3:30-5 p.m.


Dr. Myoung-Gi Chon is an assistant professor of public relations in the School of Communication and Journalism at Auburn University. Dr. Chon earned his doctorate in mass communication and public affairs from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University in the spring of 2017. He received his Master’s degree in Mass Communication and Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Korea University.

Before coming to the U.S. in fall 2013, he worked for several years in research firms in Seoul, Korea. In particular, he conducted projects related to political and social issues for the Korean government and media companies. He also participated in projects utilizing Big-data to solve social problems. Working experiences in the research firms motivated him to pursue further studies in the U.S.

As a graduate student, Dr. Chon presented five papers in top paper sessions (solo-authored and co-authored works) at national and international academic conferences. Especially, he won two Top Student Paper Awards second year in a row at the 2014 and 2015 International Public Relations Conference (solo-authored works). Recently, he received the Promising Professor Award (3rd place) from Mass Communication and Society in AEJMC, 2017.

Dr. Chon's primary research interests lie in public relations and health communication. His focus has developed through the study of communicative behaviors of publics to solve their problems in the context of an organizational crisis as well as studying public health issues in the digitally networked society. Recently, he has expanded his research interests to include the application of public relations theories in public diplomacy.

Dr. Chon's co-authored works and first-authored works have been published in journals, such as Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, Health Marketing Quarterly, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Asian Communication Research, and Journal of Public Relations. Dr. Chon also has a co-authored book chapter in New Media and Public Relations (3rd ed.). He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Interest Communications and Journal of Public Relations (Korea). He also reviews papers from Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Health Communication, and International Journal of Strategic Communication. For the detailed list of publications, please visit his website: 

Last Updated: January 10, 2019