Ming Lei

Associate Professor Of Communication
Blake B 115

Ming Lei has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2015.


Office Hours Spring 2024

Mondays/Wednesdays 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, if necessary, by appointment.


Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Washington State University (2014)


  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
    Public Relations Society of America
    Eastern Communication Association

Research Interests

Dr. Lei mainly teaches in the areas of Health communication, Persuasion, and Strategic Communication. His primary research aims to investigate and understand the effects, conditions, and processes of persuasion as well as their applications in strategic communication to promote health. Dr. Lei's research has received a top paper award at a national conference. He has published in Health communication, Mass Communication, Psychology, as well as Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (e.g., with Psychology, Information Science).


  • COMN 209: Org and Small Group Comm

    This course provides students with theoretical and practical perspectives of organizational and small group communication. We will explore the problems and paradoxes of organizational communication, the changing features of organizational life, and the central role small group communication plays in organizations. Students will develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to group development, leadership, preparing and running meetings, decision-making, problem-solving, managing conflict, roles, and managing differences. Case studies and group projects will provide opportunities for application and experiential learning.

  • COMN 314: Persuasion

    The course is designed to introduce persuasion from a social scientific perspective to undergraduate majors. It focuses on the key elements of persuasion in social science, introduces various common social scientific theories and principles in persuasion, and acquaints students with the essential process of designing and developing persuasive messages guided by the theories and principles. The course builds a foundation of persuasion for students who plan to pursue further education in communication. It is also beneficial to students who are planning careers in other areas that require or desire an understanding of persuasion.