B.A. 1993, Seattle Pacific University; M.A. 1996, Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D. 2004, University of Colorado
disaster; alerts and warnings; social media
Jeannette Sutton joined the University of Kentucky, as an Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of the Risk Division in July, 2014. Trained as a sociologist, Jeannette's primary focus is online informal communication in disaster, public alerts and warnings, and community resiliency. Much of her research investigates the evolving role of Information and Community Technology, including social media and mobile devices, for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Jeannette is a Principal Investigator on multiple research projects including the use of Twitter for disaster communications, enhanced public warnings for tsunami, and public alerting using mobile devices. Jeannette has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, and Office of Naval Research. Dr. Sutton holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed her postdoctoral training at the Natural Hazards Center.