Department of English

Susan A. Youngblood

Susan A. Youngblood Associate Professor
8074 Haley Center
(334) 844-9075
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Office Hours

  • Monday 9:30-11:30 am & by appointment
  • Tuesday 9:30-11:30 am & by appointment


Susan A. Youngblood earned her PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University and her BA in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her background also includes graduate studies in anthropology and work as environmental consultant and regulator. 

Her research primarily focuses on the following: 

  • How communication is crafted for individuals vulnerable to physical and cultural harm, as well as to exclusion from access to information and services.
  • Online communication choices, particularly in situations in which sharing information poses safety or security risks, causes other problems, or is complicated by perceptions.

Representative Publications

Youngblood, S. A. (2018). Site identity, artifact duplication, and disambiguation in Alabama Local Emergency Management Agencies (LEMAs). Communication Design Quarterly6(1), 9–15.

Youngblood, S. A., & Youngblood, N. E. (2018). Usability, content, and connections: How county-level Alabama emergency management Agencies communicate with their online public. Government Information Quarterly, 35(1), 50–60.

Youngblood, S. A. (2013). Communicating web accessibility to the novice developer: From user experience to application. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 27(2), 209–232.

Youngblood, S. A. (2012). Balancing the rhetorical tension between right-to-know and security in risk communication: Ambiguity and avoidance. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 26(1), 33–62.

Last Updated: May 07, 2020