Tricia L. Wachtendorf

Sociology & Criminal Justice

Phone: (302) 831-1254


Office: 166 Graham Hall

Journalists: Andrea Boyle Tippett (UD Media Relations) can assist with interview requests for this expert. 302-831-1421,
  • Studies the coordination between organizations in disasters.
  • Currently conducting research on improvisation in disasters, social vulnerability to disasters and cross-border 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) .

Curriculum Vitae:

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Director, Disaster Research Center
Professor, Sociology
Professor, Women's Studies

In The News:
Hurricane Matthew tests Jacksonville and its mayor (Florida Times Union)
UD researchers chronicle cooperation during 9/11 water evacuation (WDDE)
Delaware researchers pen book on historic 9/11 boat rescue (WHYY)
Why do Americans keep thinking their airports are under attack? (BBC)
Obama's Louisiana response delicate act in politics of disaster (CBC)
Louisiana's Cajun Navy shines light on growing value of boat rescuers (The Conversation)
Sandy forces hospitals to rethink disaster planning (USA Today)
The donations Sandy's victims don't need (LA Times)
Improvising Disaster

UDaily Articles:
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

emergency response, disasters, tsunami, hurricane, earthquake