Hye-Eun “Kate” Lee

Hye-Eun “Kate” Lee

Hye-Eun “Kate” Lee (Associate Professor) earned a B.S. degree in Statistics and a B.A. in Mass Media and Communication from Ewha Women’s University in South Korea (2000). She earned an M.A. in Communication from Michigan State University (2005), and received her doctoral degree (2008) with a dissertation entitled “Multilevel approaches to conflict management at workplace and job satisfaction.” She has been at the University of Hawaii at Manoa since 2007.

Her research areas are interpersonal communication in the organizational contexts, interpersonal communication across cultures, and research methodology. For example, she is examining cultural differences in the usage of speech acts in favor asking messages, the effects of friendship networks on job satisfaction at workplaces, and whether methods make a difference or not. Based on these research experiences, she would like to conduct research about communication behaviors of culturally diverse employees at the workplace using various methods. She has taught various undergraduate and graduate courses related to interpersonal communication, intercultural communication and research methods.

For Kate Lee’s Curriculum Vitae, click here.



Ph.D. in Communication (Michigan State University, 2008)
M.A. in Communication (Michigan State University, 2005)
B.S. in Statistics (Ewha Women’s University, 2000)
B.A. in Mass Media and Communication (Ewha Woman’s University, 2000)


Representative Publications

Lee, H. E. (in press) Does a server’s attentiveness matter? Understanding intercultural service encounters in restaurants. International Journal of Hospitality Management.

Taniguchi, E., & Lee. H. E. (2015). Individuals’ perception of others’ self-esteem, psychological well-being and attractiveness: Role of body size and peers’ comments among Japanese and Americans. The Social Science Journal, 52, 217-228.

Lee. H. E. (2014).The effectiveness of apologies and thanks in favor asking messages: A cross-cultural comparison between Korea and the United States. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 43, 335-348.

Lee, H. E., Park, H. S., Imai, T., & Dolan, D. P. (2012). Cultural differences between Japan and the US in uses of “apology” and “thank you” in favor asking messages. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 31, 263─289.

Lee, H. E., & Park, H. S. (2011). Why Koreans are more likely to favor “Apology, ” while Americans are more likely to favor ”Thank You.” Human Communication Research, 37, 125─146.


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

    • COMG 181: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
    • COMG 302: Research Methods
    • COMG 381: Interpersonal Relations
    • COMG 385: Culture and Communication
    • COMG 386: Special Topics in Culture and Communication
    • COMG 481: Relational Management

Graduate Courses

    • COMG 602: Research Methods in Communicology
    • COMG 685: Foundations of Intercultural Communication
    • COMG 702: Researching Relational Communication
    • COMG 785: Research on Intercultural Communication



Office: George Hall 330
Phone: 808.956.8202
Fax: 808.956.3947
Email: helee@hawaii.edu