Brooke Fisher Liu


Ph.D., University of North Carolina

Associate Dean for Academic Standards & Policies, UM Graduate School

Phone: 301-405-6524
2110 Skinner Building
Professional Interests: 

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


Representative Publications:

Liu, B. F., Austin, L., Lee, Y-I, Jin, Y., & Kim, S. (accepted for publication). Telling the tale: The role of narratives in helping people respond to crises. Journal of Applied Communication Research.

Liu, B. F., Seate, A. A., Iles, I., & Herovic, E. (2020). Tornado warning: Understanding the National Weather Service’s communication strategies. Public Relations Review. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.pubrev.2019.101879

Liu, B. F., Xu, S., Lim, J. R., & Egnoto, M. (2019). How publics’ active and passive communicative behaviors affect their tornado responses: An integration of STOPS and SMCC. Public Relations Review, 45. 1-13. doi:10.1016/j.pubrev.2019.101831

Liu, B. F., Fowler, B. M., Roberts, H. A., & Herovic, E. (2018). Keeping hospitals operating during disasters through crisis communication preparedness. Public Relations Review, 44, 585-597. doi:10.1016/j.pubrev.2018.06.002

Liu, B. F., Fraustino, J. D., & Jin, Y. (2016). Social media use during disasters: How information form and source influence intended behavioral responses. Communication Research43, 626-646. doi:10.1177/0093650214565917

Liu, B. F., Fraustino, J. D., & Jin, Y. (2015). How disaster information form, source, type, and prior disaster exposure affect public outcomes: Jumping on the social media bandwagon? Journal of Applied Communication Research, 43, 44-65doi:10.1080/00909882.2014.982685