Jeannette Sutton, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication
and the Director, Risk and Disaster Communications Center at the University of Kentucky. Jeannette specializes in disaster sociology with a primary focus on online informal communications in disaster, public alerts and warnings, and community resiliency. Much of her research investigates the evolving role of information and communication technology, including social media and mobile devices, for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
Jeannette is currently a Principal Investigator on two NSF-funded projects. One, the HEROIC Project
, focuses on terse communications under conditions of imminent threat. The primary data source for this project is the content and networked relationships of Twitter messages and users (with Carter Butts, UCI, Co-PI). The second project is on enhanced public warnings for tsunami (with Jean-Paul Ampuero and Monica Kohler, CalTech, Co-PIs). Jeannette holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed her postdoctoral training at the Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado, Boulder.