Associate Professor
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Dr. Brian J. Gerber is an Associate Professor in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Arizona State University. He is Senior Academic Director of the Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security and is Co-Director of the ASU Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security. He is an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales (Australia), a Senior Sustainability Scholar with the Wrigley School of Sustainability, Arizona State University and a PLuS Alliance Fellow.

Dr. Gerber’s research interests include disaster policy and management, homeland security policy, and environmental regulation. He has published numerous research articles in those area. Previously, he has served as Executive Director of the Buechner Institute for Governance at the University of Colorado Denver, as Research Director for the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at Louisiana State University, has been a Research Associate with West Virginia University’s Regional Research Institute and has served as a subject matter expert on a variety of projects. He sits on the executive committee of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, was a five-year member of the Denver Board of Environmental Health, is an editorial board member of the Policy Studies Journal, Public Integrity, Risk, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy and of the Oxford University Press’ research encyclopedia Natural Hazard Science. Likewise, he is Editor-in-Chief of Natural Hazards Governance, Oxford University Press.

Dr. Gerber has lead catastrophic incident planning projects, lead or participated in various emergency exercises, and conducted critical program evaluations and policy analyses on topics ranging from large-scale disaster evacuations to pandemic preparedness through funding agencies at federal, state and local government levels. He has a variety of direct service experiences in disaster relief and recovery work. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Colorado Department of Public Safety, among others.

  • Disaster policy and management
  • Homeland security policy and administration
  • Environmental regulatory policy