Brooke Fisher Liu


Ph.D., University of North Carolina

Director of the Risk Communication & Resilience Research Program

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

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 disasters. Recently, her research focuses on the potentially unique roles that social and mobile media play in building community resilience along with non-communicative factors such as demographics, emotions, hazard knowledge, patriotic beliefs, religiosity, and risk perception.

Liu leads the Risk Communication & Resilience Research Program at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence headquartered at the University of Maryland. In 2013, Liu directed the launch of START’s Training in Risk and Crisis Communication (TRACC) program, which aims to enhance community resilience through sharing the science and theories behind effective risk and crisis communication. Since 2018, she has developed and delivered risk communication training for the National Weather Service.

Liu’s research has been funded by government agencies such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She has published more than 60 journal articles and book chapters.

Liu is the editor of the first journal dedicated to crisis and risk communication research: the Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research. Liu also serves on the editorial boards for Public Relations Review, the Journal of Applied Communication Research, and the Journal of Public Relations Research. She 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.

Liu is the ADVANCE Professor for the College of Information Studies. In that role, she supports a campus-wide initiative to recruit, develop, retain, and promote women and under-represented minority faculty.

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Advising Philosophy


Representative Publications:

Liu, B. F., Xu, S., Lim, J. R., & Egnoto, M. (in press). How publics’ active and passive communicative behaviors affect their tornado responses: An integration of STOPS and SMCC. Public Relations Review. 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