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About Timothy L. Sellnow

Timothy L. Sellnow is professor of Communication and Risk Sciences at the University of Kentucky where he is Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Communication and teaches courses in risk and crisis communication. He is a past winner of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information’s Faculty Research Excellence Award. Dr. Sellnow’s research focuses on bioterrorism, pre-crisis planning, and communication strategies for crisis management and mitigation. He has conducted funded research for the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency. He has also served in an advisory role for the National Academy of Sciences, United States Geological Survey, and the World Health Organization. Dr. Sellnow currently serves as theme leader for the risk communication division of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, a Department of Homeland Security center of excellence. He has published numerous refereed journal articles on risk and crisis communication and has co-authored five books on risk and crisis communication. Dr. Sellnow’s most recent book is entitled, Theorizing Crisis Communication.


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Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

Crisis Communication, Risk Sciences, and Organizational Communication

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Contact Information

University of Kentucky
College of Communication and Information
310 Little Library Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0224


Books (5)

Articles (46)