Drake, Jeanette | Faculty

Ph.D. APR, Fellow PRSA, Lecturer in Technical Communication, College of Engineering

310 Gorguze Family Laboratory




About Jeanette

Jeanette Drake is a lecturer in the College of Engineering Program in Technical Communication at the University of Michigan. She brings to the classroom more than 25 years of teaching and industry experience, including her work with electrical engineers and computer scientists in producing diagnostics manuals for manufacturing centers. She has been teaching at UofM for five years and has also taught at universities in Colorado, Ohio, and Vietnam. Her research has focused on the intersection of public discourse and public policy, particularly as it relates to issues of sustainability and social justice. She was recognized by the Public Relations Society of America in 2008, when she was elected into its College of Fellows.


Ph. D., Communication Studies, Bowling Green State University
M.A., Journalism, The Ohio State University
B.A., Social and Behavioral Sciences, The Ohio State University


Drake, J. L. (2016, Spring). Toxic communication: How the water crisis in Flint corroded the governor’s credibility. PR Strategist, 14–16.

Drake, J. L., Kontar, Y. Y., Eichelberger, J. C., Rupp, T. S., and Taylor, K. M. (Eds.) (2016). Communicating climate-change and natural hazard risk and cultivating resilience: Case studies for a multi-disciplinary approach. Springer.

Drake, J. L. (2012). Food fights: Reclaiming public relations and reframing a runaway food system in L.R. Frey & K.M. Carragee (Eds.) Communication activism, 3. Hampton Press, 223–262.

Drake, J. L., and McCoy, J. R. (2009, October). Subterfusion of innovations: Public relations methods used to diffuse and defuse controversial processes in food production. Ohio Communication Journal, 47, 1–25.