Joanne Marie Nigg

Disaster Research Center

Phone: (302) 831-0190


Office: 166B Graham Hall

Journalists: Andrea Boyle Tippett (UD Media Relations) can assist with interview requests for this expert. 302-831-1421,
  • Researches societal (human) responses to disasters of all types: natural, technological, environmental and human-induced.
  • Can discuss an array disaster-related sociological topics: collective behavior, social movements, sociology of risk, environmental sociology.
  • Broadly knowledgeable about non-disaster sociological topics including: inequality and health access, gender, science policy and the sociology of knowledge.
  • Headed a multidisciplinary team that conducted a Congressionally-required public risk assessment for the proposed high level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
  • Former president of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. Former director of UD's Disaster Research Center .

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Director, Disaster Research Center

In The News:
Snowstorm or 'Snowpocalypse'? D.C. abuzz as weather hits (ABC News)
Q&A: U.S. Evacuation Plans, Post-Katrina (NPR)
Disasters giving Americans 'compassion fatigue' (Scripps Howard News Service)

terrorism, disaster, hurricane, earthquake, sociology, natural disasters, collective behavior, public health emergencies