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James Kendra
Director, Disaster Research Center
Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration
Adviser, UD Chapter, International Association of Emergency Managers
University of Delaware
166H Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-0760

Biography

James Kendra is a Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration and Director of the Disaster Research Center. Previously he was coordinator of the Emergency Administration and Planning Program in the Department of Public Administration at the University of North Texas. His research interests focus on individual and organizational responses to risk, improvisation and creativity during crisis, post-disaster shelter and housing, and planning for behavioral health services. Projects have included research on the reestablishment of New York City’s emergency operations center after the 9/11 attacks, a major study of the waterborne evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11, research on the social impacts of the Indian Ocean tsunami, and research on the organization of disaster behavioral health services.

Dr. Kendra has participated in several quick response disaster reconnaissance trips, including the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, 2003 Midwest tornadoes, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and Hurricane Ike in 2008, as well as documenting maritime relief efforts in the US following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. He has been involved in several emergency planning and exercise efforts, and he is a Certified Emergency Manager. He graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a degree in marine transportation, and served several years at sea, attaining a Master Mariner license. His master’s degree is in geography from the University of Massachusetts, and his PhD is in geography from Rutgers University.

 

 

EAGER: Risk Objects in Public Health Crisis: An Exploratory Investigation of Stigma, Role-Triage, and Cautionary MeasuresKendra, James;Wachtendorf, Triciajmkendra;twachtenNational Science Foundation
2013 May: Moore, Oklahoma Tornado Response and RecoveryAguirre, Ben;Wachtendorf, Tricia;Trainor, Joseph;Kendra, James;Penta, Samanthaaguirre;twachten;jtrainor;jmkendra;spentaDisaster Research Center, CASA and the National Science Foundation
2012 October: NYC/NJ Hurricane Sandy ResponseKendra, James;Wachtendorf, Tricia;Penta, Samanthajmkendra;twachten;spentaDisaster Research Center
2012 May: Northwest China Extreme Weather Disaster, Interagency Coordination ResponseKendra, JamesjmkendraNatural Hazards Center
2011 March: Tohoku Earthquake, Volunteers and Non-profit Organizations in Post-Kobe JapanKendra, James;Nigg, Joannejmkendra;joanneniggNational Science Foundation
2010 September: San Bruno, California Gas Pipeline Explosion and FireDavidson, Rachel;Kendra, Jamesrdavidso;jmkendraNational Science Foundation RAPID Program
2010 January: Haiti Earthquake, The Forgotten Aspects of EvacuationKendra, James;Nigg, Joannejmkendra;joanneniggNational Science Foundation
2015 November: Post Nepal Earthquake Infant-feeding, Maternal Vulnerability, and Well-beingKendra, JamesjmkendraSociety for Community Research and Action, and the Natural Hazards Center
Information Chain Support for Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and RecoveryKendra, James;Young, Patjmkendra;pyoungNational Science Foundation
Composite of Post-Event Well-being (CoPE-WELL)Kendra, JamesjmkendraCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
Promoting Community Resilience in New York City after Hurricane Sandy: A Model-based ApproachKendra, JamesjmkendraUS Department of Health and Human Services

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  • Disaster Research Center
  • University of Delaware
  • 166 Graham Hall, 111 Academy Street
  • Newark, DE 19716 U.S.A
  • Email: drc-mail@udel.edu
  • Phone: 302-831-6618