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Hamilton Bean, PhD

Associate Professor 

Curriculum Vita​​

E-mail: Hamilton Bean 
Web sites:
Office Location: 3010
Phone: 303-315-1909
Areas of Expertise:
Organizational Communication, National Security Discourse 

Education & Degrees

PhD, Communication, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2009

MA, International Communication, American University, School of International Service, 2001

MBA, Management of Global Information Technology, American University, Kogod School of Business, 2001


Hamilton Bean is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver specializing in organizational communication. His research intersects the fields of organizational communication and security. From 2001 to 2005, he served in management positions for a Washington, DC-based provider of analytical support services to U.S. and international clients in government and industry. He has been named one of the leading experts in open source intelligence in the United States (see Loch K. Johnson, Essentials of Strategic Intelligence). Since 2005, he has been affiliated with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) – a U.S. Department of Homeland Security-funded Center of Excellence based at the University of Maryland. His research has been published in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Intelligence and National Security, and the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, among many other outlets. He has won awards for scholarship from the National Communication Association and the Western States Communication Association.

Select Publications

Bean, H., Lemon, L., & O’Connell, A. (2013). Organizational rhetoric, materiality, and the shape of organizational democracy. Southern Communication Journal, 78, 256–273. 

Bean, H. (2013). Outsourcing U.S. intelligence. In S. May (Ed.), Case studies in organizational communication (pp. 247-259). Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Comor, E., & Bean, H. (2012). America’s ‘engagement’ delusion: Critiquing a public diplomacy consensus. International Communication Gazette, 74, 203–220 (lead article).
Bean, H., Keränen, L., & Durfy, M. (2011). ‘This is London’: Cosmopolitan nationalism and the discourse of resilience in the case of the 7/7 terrorist attacks. Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 14, 427-464.
Bean, H. (2011). No more secrets: Open source information and the reshaping of U.S. intelligence. Santa Monica, CA: Praeger.  
Bean, H. (2011). Is open source intelligence an ethical issue? In S. Maret (Ed.), Research in social problems and public policy (pp. 385-402). Bingley, U.K.: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Courses Taught

COMM 4635/5635 Principles of Public Relations
COMM 4640/5640 Advanced Public Relations
COMM 4665/5665 Principles of Advertising
COMM 5710 Organizational Discourse​
COMM 4995/5995 Narratives of the New China​