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 how organizations work together to respond to emergencies, including natural disasters like fires and flooding and security threats like terrorist attacks and mass shootings. Rebecca focuses on how everyday conversations among organizational members lead to decision-making about how to respond to emergencies, creating long-lasting impacts on communities. 

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

May 19, 2021
There have many cases where people have been arrested and charged for not doing their part in curbing the spread of the COVID-19 virus - for offences ranging from operating businesses that were supposed to be closed to not wearing face masks in public. One international Crisis Communication specialist said these breaches may be because people do not feel respected when these messages are put out.
March 22, 2021
After a yearlong wait, vaccines for COVID-19 finally are available, and most Americans’ biggest concern right now is getting vaccinated as quickly as they can.
December 10, 2020
In a world where conspiracy theories and political polarization abound, how does one effectively pull off double duty at battling against both the spread of COVID-19 and misinformation about it?
April 6, 2020
He wrestled with the decision over three or four sleepless nights.

Articles Featuring Rebecca Rice

Campus News | June 8, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.
vice president kamala harris watches unlv 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.