Hye-ryeon Lee

Hye-ryeon Lee

Hye-ryeon Lee (Professor & Director of Graduate Studies) is the former Interim Associate Dean for the College of Arts & Humanities. Born in Korea, Dr. Lee graduated from Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, Korea in 1984. She came to the United States in 1986 for her graduate studies. She received an M.A. degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1988. She received another M.A. degree in Political Science and a Ph.D. degree in Communication from Stanford University.

She worked as a research faculty at the Arizona Cancer Center of the University of Arizona between 1995 and 2001. She joined the faculty of Department of Communicology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the fall of 2001.Her research and teaching interest includes political communication, health communication, social science methods and persuasion.

For Dr. Lee’s curriculum vitae, click here.



Ph.D. in Communication (Stanford University, 2000)
M.A. in Political Science (Stanford University, 1992)
M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988)
B.A. in English Literature (Ewha Woman’s University, 1984)


Representative Publications

Lee, H.-R., Lee, H.-E., & Choi, J. (2017). Motivation and the use of social media: A cross-cultural analysis of psychological well-being and culture in the United States and Korea. Speech and Communication, 16(2), 141-182.

Somera, L.P., Lee, H.-R., Badowski, G., & Cassel, K. (2016).  Health information seeking, source trust, and culture: Comparative analysis of health information trends and needs between Guam and the U.S.  Journal of Health Communication, 21(4) 469-478.

Cummins, S, Wong, S., Bonnevie, E., Lee, H.-R., Goto, C., McCree-Carrington, J., Kirby, C., Zhu, S.-H. (2015). A multi-state Asian-Language Tobacco Quitline: Addressing a disparity in access to care. American Journal of Public Health, 105(10), 2150-2155.

Lee, H.-R., Lee, H.-E., Choi, J., Kim, J.-H., & Han, H.-L. (2014). Social Media Use, Body Image and Psychological Well-Being: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Korea and the U.S.  Journal of Health Communication, 19(12), 1343-1358.


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

    • COMG 302: Research Methods
    • COMG 364: Persuasion
    • COMG 454: Political Communication
    • COMG 495: Health Communication

Graduate Courses

    • COMG 664: Persuasion & Social Influence
    • COMG 795: Seminar in Health Communication



Office: George Hall 329
Phone: 808.956.3322
Fax: 808.956.3947
Email: hyeryeon@hawaii.edu