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Dr. Min Liu received her doctorate in Communication Studies from North Dakota State University. Her teaching interests include communication theories, research methods, intercultural communication, and a variety of health communication courses. She has previously taught public speaking, small group communication, persuasion and social influence, health communication, intercultural communication at North Dakota State University and Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Liu comes from a family of teachers, and strives to have the passion, professionalism, and compassion that her parents
demonstrated in their lifetime careers of high school teachers in China.
Dr. Liu's primary areas of research interest include health communication, crisis communication, and communication education. Her recent research projects include a cross-cultural comparison of American and Chinese teachers' compliance gaining strategies, an analysis of non-native organizational newcomers' information seeking behaviors, and a case study of the 2011 Japan nuclear crisis events. She also takes a critical approach to studying the strategic use of state-owned media outlets by the Chinese political elite. In one study, she and colleagues examined the crisis response strategies used during the SARS outbreak by the party newspaper, People's Daily, to restore normalcy and confidence among its people. In another critical reading of the newspaper, she and colleagues study how the AIDS related news stories serve the interest of the elite with messages that other those with the disease and other problematic representations of the health crisis. Dr. Liu's dissertation examined Chinese young women's safe sex behaviors and perceptions, a line that she continues to pursue. Her work as the department's Director of Assessment has led to several journal/conference publications as well.
Dr. Liu now lives in St. Louis, where she and her husband enjoy the great activities the city has to offer. Her favorite thing to do is visiting the zoo, the Science Center, and the area parks with her two children. She also enjoys cooking, reading, and grocery shopping!