Rebecca Rice

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Expertise: Collaboration, Crisis Communication, Natural Disasters, Organizational Communication, COVID-19 Crisis Communication


Rebecca Rice is an expert in organizational communication. She studies collaboration, workplace communication, resilience, power, and gender. Recent projects focus on how organizations work together to respond to emergencies, including natural disasters (wildland fires) and security threats. 

Her research also includes inter-organizational collaboration, high-reliability organizing, and security.


  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Colorado Boulder

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Rebecca Rice In The News

An estimated 11 million people across the northeastern US are under flood risks or warnings this week after historic levels of rainfall — 1-in-1,000-year events — swept through New England, with rivers in Vermont and New York’s Hudson Valley overflowing and turning town streets into waterways.
In the early hours of Monday, February 6, residents living in southern Turkey and northern Syria were woken by violent shaking, collapsing buildings, and sweeping blackouts. The earthquake buried residents in rubble and was followed by powerful aftershocks. By the following Monday, the death toll had passed 36,000 people. “It was like the apocalypse,” Abdul Salam al-Mahmoud, a resident of Atareb, Syria, told Reuters.
To put it bluntly, worker productivity in the U.S. is anemic. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that productivity dropped 7.4 percent in the first quarter of 2022 and 4.6 percent in the second quarter. The third quarter looked a bit better, with productivity inching up by 0.3 percent.
From the pandemic to climate change, Americans are still expected to work no matter what happens.

Articles Featuring Rebecca Rice

Graduates bumping fists
Campus News | June 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

vice president kamala harris watches u.n.l.v. student administer COVID vaccine to another local college student
Campus News | April 14, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

UNLV communication studies professor Rebecca Rice
Research | December 10, 2020

As public health and local government officials grapple with misinformation, UNLV crisis communication researcher Rebecca Rice shares battle plan tips.