Department of Political Science Faculty

Dr. Clayton Wukich (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) Assistant Professor

Dr. Wukich teaches courses on American politics, state and local government, public & nonprofit management, emergency management, 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 public participation and interagency coordination.


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

Selected Publications

Wukich, C. (forthcoming). Social media use in emergency management. Journal of Emergency Management.

Wukich, C. & Mergel, I. (forthcoming). Closing the citizen-government communication gap: Content, audience, and network analysis of government tweets. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Siciliano, M. D. & Wukich, C. (forthcoming). Network features and processes as determinants of organizational interaction during extreme events. Complexity, Governance & Networks.

Wukich, C. (2014). Professional capital: Standards of professional performance that underlie interorganizational cooperation. Public Administration Quarterly, 38(4), 134-164.

Wukich, C., & Steinberg, A. (2014). 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.

Wukich, C., & Siciliano, M. D. (2014). Problem solving and creativity in public policy courses: Promoting interest and civic engagement. Journal of Political Science Education, 10(3), 1-17.

Wukich, C., & Robinson, S. E. (2013). Leadership strategies at the meso level of emergency management networks. International Review of Public Administration, 18(1), 41-59.

Comfort, L. K., & Wukich, C. (2013). Developing decision-making skills for uncertain conditions: The challenge of educating effective emergency managers. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 19(1), 53-72.

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