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Director, Disaster Research Center and Professor, Public Policy & Administration, University of Delaware

Research interests include community resilience and recovery, emergency planning, crisis management, and organizational improvisation and resilience.

Conversant on topics such as disaster planning, coastal hazards, technology in emergency management and risk perception and communication.

Has published articles and made presentations about emergency response to disasters including: the Indian Ocean tsunami, the September 11th World Trade Center terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Sandy

Co-author of American Dunkirk: The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11, Temple University Press


  • –present
    Director, Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware
  • –present
    Professor, Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware