Jeannette Sutton, PhD
Associate Professor

Department of Communication

Risk and Disaster Communication Center

University of Kentucky

About Jeannette

Jeannette Sutton, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and the Director of the Risk and Disaster Communication Center at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Sutton specializes in disaster and risk, with a primary focus on online informal communications, and public alerts and warnings disseminated via terse messaging channels. 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.


Dr. Sutton has held numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Naval Research. Her research has been published in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Proceedings of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management; Information, Communication, and Society; Health Communication, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She is also a current member of the Advisory Board for the National Construction Safety Team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and she is a UK-CARES Fellow in Science Communication.  Jeannette holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and completed her postdoctoral training at the Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado, Boulder.

New Publications on Warnings


Getting the Word Out, Rain or Shine: The Impact of Message Features and Hazard Context on Message Passing Online.
Sutton, J., Renshaw, S. L., Vos, S. C., Olson, M. K., Prestley, R., Gibson, C. B., & Butts, C. T. (2019).

Weather Climate and Society. 

Build community before the storm: The National Weather Service’s use of social media.
Olson, M. K., Sutton, J., Vos, S.C. , Prestley, R., Renshaw, S. L., & Butts, C. T. (2019)

 Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management

Alerts and warnings on short messaging channels: 

Guidance from an expert panel process.
Sutton, J. & Kuligowski, E. (2019).

Natural Hazards Review. 20(2)

“Death was not in the agenda for the day”: 

Emotions, behavioral reactions, and perceptions in response to the 2018 Hawaii Wireless Alert. 

DeYoung, S.E., Sutton, J., Nichols, K., Farmer, A., and Neal, D. (2019). International Journal of Disaster Risk Research. In Press.

Recent Presentations


Click here for a recording of a presentation at the American Meteorological Society annual meeting, Phoenix, AZ  - January, 2019 by Dr. Jeannette Sutton titled "Eye-Tracking the Storm: The Effect of Variation in Presentation of Visual Risk Information"

Click here for a recording of a NOAA Seminar - April 2019 talk by Dr. Jeannette N Sutton and colleague Dr. Erica Kuligowski titled "Creating Alerts and Warnings for Short Messaging Channels"

Click here for a recording from the AMS 5th Conference on Weather, Warnings and Communication by Dr. Jeannette Sutton on June 14, 2019 titled "Longitudinal Engagement and Audience Attention: Message Contents and Features that Get Passed On"

Click here for a recording from the AMS 5th Conference on Weather, Warnings and Communication by Dr. Jeannette Sutton on June 14, 2019 titled "Visual Risk Communication: Attention, Understanding, and Decision Making in Response to a Changing Tornado Scenario"


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