Department of Political Science Faculty

Dr. Clayton Wukich (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) Assistant Professor and Director, MPA Program

Dr. Wukich teaches courses on state and local government, public & nonprofit management, emergency management, organizational theory, policymaking, and research methods. Prior to teaching, Dr. Wukich worked in politics - on a presidential campaign and in a governor’s office. He also managed a congressional campaign.

Dr. Wukich’s research interests include intergovernmental relations and collaborative governance, particularly within the policy domain of disaster and emergency management. His research focuses on how public and nonprofit agencies use information and communication technology to increase interagency coordination and public participation.


Co-Principal Investigator. National Science Foundation, $40,000. Examining emergency evacuations and risk communication during the 2013 Colorado Flood.

Journal Articles

Wukich, Clayton, and Ashish Khemka. forthcoming. "Social Media Adoption, Message Content, and Reach: An Examination of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies." International Journal of Emergency Management.

Steinberg, Alan, Clayton Wukich, and Tristan Wu. forthcoming. "Central Social Media Actors in Disaster Information Networks." International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters.

Wukich, Clayton, Suzanne Frew, and Alan Steinberg. forthcoming. "Teaching Key Elements of Decision Making Online for Homeland Security and Emergency Management." Journal of Homeland Security Education.

Wukich, Clayton. 2015. "Social Media Use in Emergency Management." Journal of Emergency Management 13 (4):281-295.

Wukich, Clayton, and Ines Mergel. 2015. "Closing the Citizen-Government Communication Gap: Content, Audience, and Network Analysis of Government Tweets." Journal of Homeland Security & Emergency Management 12 (3):707-735.

Siciliano, Michael D., and Clayton Wukich. 2015. "Network Features and Processes as Determinants of Organizational Interaction during Extreme Events." Complexity, Governance & Networks 2 (1):23-44.

Wukich, Clayton. 2014. "Professional Capital: Standards of Professional Performance that Underlie Interorganizational Cooperation." Public Administration Quarterly 38 (4):134-164.

Wukich, Clayton, and Michael D. Siciliano. 2014. "Problem Solving and Creativity in Public Policy Courses: Promoting Interest and Civic Engagement." Journal of Political Science Education 10 (3):352-368.

Wukich, Clayton, and Scott E. Robinson. 2013. "Leadership Strategies at the Meso Level of Emergency Management Networks." International Review of Public Administration 18 (1):41-59.

Wukich, Clayton, and Alan Steinberg. 2013. "Nonprofit and Public Sector Participation in Self-organizing Information Networks: Twitter Hashtag and Trending Topic Use during Disasters." Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy 4 (2):83-109.

Comfort, Louise K., and Clayton Wukich. 2013. "Developing Decision-Making Skills for Uncertain Conditions: The Challenge of Educating Effective Emergency Managers." Journal of Public Affairs Education 19 (1):53-72.

Book Chapters

Wukich, Clayton, and Alan Steinberg. forthcoming. "Social Media for Emergency Management." In Social Media for Government: Theory and Practice, edited by Staci M. Zavattaro and Thomas Bryer. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Wukich, Clayton, David J. Johnson, and Michael D. Siciliano. 2015. "Managing for Resilience across Multiple Scales of Action in Joplin, Missouri." In Cities and Disasters, edited by Davia C. Downey, 173-205. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Comfort, Louise K., Clayton Wukich, Steve Scheinert, and Leonard J. Huggins. 2011. "Network Theory and Practice in Public Administration: Designing Resilience for Metropolitan Regions." In The State of Public Administration: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities, edited by Donald C Menzel and Harvey L. White, 257-271. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

Comfort, Louise K., and Clayton Wukich. 2009. "Designing Resilience: Building Community Capacity for Action." In Disaster Management: Global Challenges and Local Solutions, edited by Rajib Shaw and R. R. Krishnamurthy, 384-399. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

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