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Rajul Jain

  • Assistant Professor
  • ​​​PhD (University of Florida)​​
  • Public Relations and Advertising
  • (312) 362-8910
  • ​​​14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1264​​​
Rajul Jain is an assistant professor of Public Relations in the College of Communication. She holds a PhD in mass communications, an MA in international business, an MA in mass communication from the University of Florida, a master's in information and communication technology from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Technology (DAIICT), India, and a bachelor's in Information Technology from Rajiv Gandhi Technical University (RGTU), India.

Her research focus is on corporate and transnational public relations, exploring how public relations is practiced internationally and how the practice is informed, shaped, and influenced by local contexts. Most recently, Jain developed a measurement scale and theoretical model for perceived organizational authenticity that identifies its causal linkages with organizational identity, reputation, and relational outcomes. She tested the model and scale in an international tourism setting. Jain is also engaged in examining the use of public relations in nation branding, travel, and tourism.

She has presented her research and won several top paper awards at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), International Communication Association (ICA), and International Public Relations Research (IPRRC) conferences.  Jain’s scholarly work has been accepted for publications at peer-reviewed journals.

Jain has several years of professional experience in corporate and non-profit public relations as well as teaching experience at the university level. This year, she will be teaching two undergraduate courses, Principles of Public Relations and Public Relations Strategy, and two graduate courses, Corporate Social Responsibility and International Public Relations. Jain is a recipient of the 2011 Ketchum Excellence in Public Relations Research Award sponsored by Ketchum Inc. in cooperation with the Institute of Public Relations. The annual award included a study grant and a paid eight-week internship at Ketchum in New York.

A native from India, Jain is fond of traveling, cooking, Bollywood dance and music, economics, and corporate communication. She resides in the South Loop with her spouse, Udayan Kumar, and her pet-bird, Spalding.

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