Sunny Lie Owens

Sunny Lie Owens

Associate Professor , Communication , College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Sunny's Bio

Sunny Lie Owens (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst) is Associate Professor of Communication. She teaches in the Communication Studies option. Dr. Lie's research interests include culture and communication, and the relationship between religious communication and ethnic identity. She received her B.A. (Communication and East Asian Languages and Cultures) from the University of Southern California. She received her M.A. (Global Communications) from the University of Southern California and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Sample Publications

  • Lie Owens, S. Boyraz, M. Horowitz, N. (2022). What Does It to Be a “Polytechnic” University? Cultural Discourse Analysis of Organizational Identity. Western Journal of Communication, 87 (2), 304-325.
  • Lie, S. (2020). Asian American Buddhist Identity Talk: Natural criticism of Buddhism in the U.S. Journal of Communication and Religion, 43 (2).
  • Lie, S. Sandel, T. (2020). Unwelcomed Guests: Cultural discourse analysis of comments on ethnic Chinese in Indonesian social media. Journal of Chinese Overseas, 16 (1), 31-57.
  • Lie, S. (2017). How Best to Evangelize to Nonbelievers: Cultural Persuasion in American and Chinese Indonesian Evangelical Christian discourse on relational evangelism. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 11(1), 42-57.
  • Lie, S. Bailey, B. (2017). The power of names in a Chinese Indonesian family’s negotiations of politics, culture, and identities. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 10 (1), 80-95.
  • Lie, S. (2016). Effective Evangelism: Discourse surrounding best evangelical practices in a Chinese Indonesian Reformed Evangelical (CIREC) community in Boston, MA. In D. Carbaugh (ed.), The Handbook of Communication in Cross-Cultural Perspective (International Communication Association Series). Taylor and Francis: London, United Kingdom.
  • Lie, S. (2015). Messengers of the good news: Discourse of Chinese Indonesian Evangelical Christian (CIEC) identity. China Media Research, 11(1), 87–98. 
  • Bailey, B., Lie, S. (2013). The Politics of Names among Chinese Indonesians in Java. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 23 (1), 21-40.