Matthew Van is a Doctoral student at the University of Delaware, and hails from Orange County, California. Matthew comes to UD from the California State University, Long Beach Masters in Emergency Services Administration program. His background includes biology, public affairs, and medical sciences. Some of the research topics he has previously explored involve the effects of COVID-19 on social safety net organizations, and variances in public health pandemic policies across different countries. Matthew is currently assessing mapping tools for use in the COVID Collections Project.
Justin Jacoby Smith is a Masters student in the Disaster Science and Management program. After early years as a student organizer, Justin earned a Bachelor's degree in poetry, and later came into contact with the notion of mutual aid via the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011. Soon after, Occupy Sandy solidified a research interest in social solidarity in disaster, and in understanding the political economy of the disaster setting. After a decade of political organizing and communal living with the Love+Solidarity Collective, his research interests include post-disaster mutual aid, social movements, and group dynamics under pressure.
Neisha Maharaj is a Food Science major
at the University of Delaware, and a Research Assistant in the E.L.
Quarantelli Resource Collection. In addition to her food science
expertise, Neisha has a professional background in logistics and
manufacturing. Neisha is currently working to evaluate and update the
Collection's holdings on foodborne illnesses and food security in the
Yajaira Ayala is a Doctoral Fellow at
the University of Delaware, and earned her Master's degree in Disaster
Studies from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. During this time
she worked at the Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences
researching mechanisms to address health and social disparities in
vulnerable populations of the US-Mexico border. Yajaira is currently
compiling an annotated bibliography for researchers interested in
exploring the concept of disaster recovery in Latin America and
the Spanish-language literature.
Eileen Young is a PhD Candidate at the University of Delaware, and is currently engaged in research using agent-based modeling of social factors in evacuation from fire. Her research interests are in collective behavior, resilience in vulnerable populations, and the evolving role of computing and big data in social science. Eileen currently works on data management for the COVID Collections Project.