Hamilton Bean PhD, MBA, APR

Hamilton Bean, Ph.D.
Professor • Director of Undergraduate Studies • Director of International Studies Program • Director of Strategic Communication Certificate Program
Department of Communication

Mailing Address:
Department of Communication
Campus Box 176
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
1201 Larimer Street
3rd Floor, Suite 3010
Denver, CO 80204


Office Hours
By appointment only. Please email to schedule a meeting. 

Ph.D., Communication, University of Colorado Boulder
MA, International Communication, American University
MBA, Management of Global Information Technology, American University
BA, History, University of New Mexico

Hamilton Bean, Ph.D., MBA, APR, is Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver. He also serves as Director of the University of Colorado Denver’s International Studies Program. He has taught courses at the International College Beijing (ICB) and served as a guest researcher (2018, 2024) and visiting professor (2021) at Kyoto University’s Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI). In 2022, he began serving as a non-resident fellow for the U.S. Joint Special Operations University (JSOU). He specializes in the study of communication and security with an emphasis on mobile public alert and warning systems and messages. He was part of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security-funded research team that investigated the optimization of Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages for imminent threats. He has consulted for international, federal, and state agencies, as well as contributed to U.S. Federal Communications Commission rulemakings concerning the WEA system. 

He holds a doctorate in organizational communication from the University of Colorado Boulder (2009). He has earned research funding from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Japan Foundation to study mobile public alert and warning systems and messages. He is Associate Editor for Natural Hazards Review and the Journal of Integrated Disaster Risk Management. He is also an editorial board member for Communication Law Review, Intelligence and National Security, Secrecy and Society, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and Management Communication Quarterly. In 2022, he earned the Aniello Amendola Distinguished Service Award from the Integrated Disaster Risk Management Society (IDRiM). His research has been published in numerous international academic journals and edited volumes. His latest book, Mobile Technology and the Transformation of Public Alert and Warning  (Praeger Security International, 2019), won the 2021 Sue DeWine Distinguished Scholarly Book Award from the Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

COMM 4051/5051: Advanced Strategic Communication
COMM 2051: Introduction to Strategic Communication
COMM 4995: Narratives of the New China​ (in Beijing and Shanghai)