Professor of Communication and Dean, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, Wayne State University

Dean Seeger’s research concerns crisis and risk communication, health promotion and communication, crisis response and agency coordination, the role of media, including new media, crisis and communication ethics, failure of complex systems and post-crisis renewal. He is the author or co-author of eight books most focusing on crisis and risk communication, including Communication and Organizational Crisis (2003), Crisis Communication and the Public Health (2008), Effective Crisis Communication (2007), Effective Risk Communication (2009), Theorizing Crisis Communication (2014), Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (Second Edition, 2015), Narratives of Crisis: Stories of Ruin and Renewal (2016) and the International Handbook of Crisis Communication (2016). He is currently completing Best Practices in Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication. He was the founding editor of the The Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research (JICRCR).


  • –present
    Professor of Communication and Dean, Wayne State University


  • 1981 
    Indiana University, Ph.D