Sociology & Criminal Justice
Phone: (302) 831-1254
Office: 166 Graham Hall
- Studies the coordination between organizations in disasters.
- Currently conducting research on improvisation in disasters, social vulnerability to disasters and cross-boarder disasters.
- Can discuss social behavior in disasters.
- Has partnered with FEMA, Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Surgeon General.
- Conducted reconnaissance field research at the Red River Flood (1997), 9/11 New York City terrorist attacks, Indian Ocean tsunami (2004), Hurricane Katrina, Wenchuan China earthquake (2008), Haiti earthquake (2010) and Japan tsunami (2011) .
Director, Disaster Research Center
Associate Professor, Sociology
Associate Professor, Women's Studies
In The News:
Sandy forces hospitals to rethink disaster planning (USA Today)
The donations Sandy's victims don't need (LA Times)
Hurricane Sandy: Day 2 (WHYY (Radio Times))
Decoding Disasters: Are we prepared for another 9-11? (NSF Science Nation)
9/11 Remembered: Doing "what it takes" in emergency response (DFM News)
Improvising in Disaster (National Science Foundation)
The moral ambiguity of looting (New York Times)
Studying disasters can save lives in the future (Science Nation)
On the sunny side of natural disasters (Los Angeles Times)
Hurricane lessons (Christian Science Monitor)
The good neighbor disaster response (ABCNews.com)
Disaster researchers chronicle largest water evacuation in history
DRC faculty, students study humanitarian response to quake
UD prof part of earthquake research team in China
Researchers look for ways to predict response to hurricane evacuation orders