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Research Assistant Professor in Urban Planning, University of Florida

Maria Watson has degrees in Urban Planning from Ohio State University and Texas A&M University and is currently a research assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. She conducts research through the Hazard Reduction Recovery Center and The Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Watson has been a part of multiple interdisciplinary and longitudinal research projects, most notably in Galveston County, TX after Hurricane Ike and Lumberton, NC after Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. She uses quasi-experimental design, organizational theory, and survey methods to understand small business resilience and the role of disaster assistance programs in community recovery.


  • –present
    Research Assistant Professor in Urban Planning, Texas A&M University


  • 2019 
    Texas A&M University, Ph.D. Urban and Regional Science