Graduate Student Directory

Xiaomeng “Maggie” Lan

Public Relations

Office: G038 Weimer Email: Twitter: @xiaomen


Hometown: China


Xiaomeng Lan is a second-year doctoral student in public relations. She is interested in strategic communication with potential societal or environmental impacts. She has a master’s degree in public relations, a second master’s degree in English language and literature, and a bachelor’s degree in English education. She has worked as a journalist and editor at China Times, a Beijing-based financial and economic newspaper. She was tracking and reporting news about the U.S. for five years—everything from the subprime meltdown to the “pivot to Asia” strategy—until a crazy idea came into her mind in 2013: “Why not I quit my job and go to the US?” In her free time, Xiaomeng enjoys stories about China’s Three Kingdoms, listening to music, watching the FIFA World Cup, and swimming. As for the near future, she plans to pursue a career in academia, preparing the next generation of communicators to effectively engage topics like public relations and environmental issues.


Master of Arts, Public Relations – University of Florida


Peer Reviewed Publications:

Lan, X. (2017): Does money talk? A framing analysis of the Chinese Government’s strategic communications in the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Chinese Journal of Communication (in press), DOI: 10.1080/17544750.2017.1375534.

Conference Presentations:

Lan, X. (2017). China’s strategic communications in the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Paper presented at Annual Conference of International Communication Association (ICA), San Diego, CA.

Lan, X. (2017). From censorship to activism: The politics of information. Paper presented at AEJMC Southeast Colloquium, Fort Worth, TX.



Doctoral Advisor:
Dr. Spiro K. Kiousis – University of Texas
Master’s Advisor:
Dr. Kathleen S. Kelly – University of Maryland

Xiaomeng’s research interests focus on pubic relations and environmental communication.


Xiaomeng’s teaching interests include public relations theory and research.