Brooke Liu

Professor of Communication and START Affiliated Faculty Member
University of Maryland
Office Address:

(Dept. of Comm Office) 2110 Skinner Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 


Dr. Brooke Liu's qualitative and quantitative research investigates how government messages, media, and interpersonal communication can motivate people to successfully respond to and recover from hazards. Much of her recent research focuses on tornado risk communication as well as crisis narratives and other message strategies.

Liu’s research has been funded by government agencies such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She has published more than 60 journal articles and book chapters. Additionally, Liu is the co-founder and editor of the first journal dedicated to crisis and risk communication research: the Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research.

Previously, Liu served as a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Risk Communication Advisory Committee and the National Academy of Sciences Committee studying the future of emergency alert and warning systems. She also has developed and delivered risk communication training for a variety of government stakeholders including the Department of Homeland Security, the National Weather Service, and for the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience.

As the ADVANCE Professor for the College of Information Studies, Liu supports a campus-wide initiative to recruit, develop, retain, and promote women and under-represented minority faculty. Currently, Liu is the Associate Dean for Academic Standards and Policies in the University of Maryland Graduate School.

Curriculum Vitae.

Graduate Advising Philosophy.


  • University of North Carolina, Ph.D., Mass Communication
  • University of Missouri, M.A., Journalism
  • Washington University, B.A., Anthropology and Spanish
  • Member of the Risk Communication Advisory Committee for the Food and Drug Administration
  • Member of the Editorial Boards of Communication Quarterly, Communication Yearbook, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Public Relations Research, and Public Relations Review
Professional Experience:
  • University of Maryland, Associate Professor, 2012-present
  • University of Maryland, Assistant Professor, 2009-2012
  • DePaul University, Assistant Professor, 2007-2009
  • American University, Assistant Professor, 2006-2007

Researcher on START Projects

Selected Publications

Milling and Public Warnings (Journal Article)

News References