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Hurricane Fiona and Disaster Relief

Natural Disaster
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How Inequality and Politics Influence Government Responses to Natural Disasters

"Our research shows that, in practice, socioeconomic conditions and partisan politics influence responses to disasters—even though governments and utility companies claim to prioritize the needs of critical infrastructure like hospitals and emergency operation centers."

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Elizabeth Aranda

Affiliations
University of South Florida-Main Campus

Aranda studies migrant populations. Her recent research has focused on the emotional well-being of undocumented immigrant young adults and how Puerto Rican migrants who left Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria have integrated into Central Florida's society.

Cassandra R. Davis

Affiliations
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Davis has researched environmental disruptions, specifically the impact of natural hazards on low-income schooling communities of color. Dr. Davis’ goal is to support community leaders, educators, and policymakers to improve responses, preparedness, and recovery in areas with the highest need. Her most recent project focused on gathering insight from community members and government officials on the best strategies to distribute equitable support to marginalized communities and build trust between groups.

Fernando Tormos-Aponte

Affiliations
University of Pittsburgh
Union of Concerned Scientists

Tormos-Aponte specializes in social movements, environmental and racial justice, intersectional solidarity, identity politics, social policy, and transnational politics. He investigates civil society claims about the uneven government response across communities. His work in this area examines the causes and consequences of government neglect of socially vulnerable communities during disaster recoveries.

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Janet Garcia-Hallett

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
University of New Haven
Criminal Justice

Garcia-Hallett's research focuses on the impact of incarceration on communities of color. Overarching themes in Dr. Garcia-Hallett's...

Melissa Goldin Evans

Postdoctoral Researcher
Tulane University
Public Health

Evans' research focuses on community health, perinatal health, contraceptive access, maternal and child health disparities, and...

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Alabama

The Alabama SSN chapter launched in January of 2019. Alabama SSN focuses on connecting its members with policymakers, civic leaders, and journalist on issues related to health and education policy -...

Bay Area

Bay Area SSN was launched in 2010, bringing together an engaged, interdisciplinary group of scholars from across the region. Drawing on the research of local participants, SSN members from other...

Boston

Boston SSN brings together scholars from a broad range of policy fields at Harvard, MIT, the University of Massachusetts Boston, Tufts, and other Boston area universities. Members are particularly...

Central Ohio

Founded in 2016, Central Ohio SSN is a hub in the Columbus area with the bulk of its membership hailing from The Ohio State University. The chapter has organized around a variety of issues and seeks...

Central Pennsylvania

Central Pennsylvania SSN was launched in 2020, bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from across central and western PA. Drawing on the research of our members we seek to contribute...

Chicagoland

Chicagoland SSN brings together members from more than five local universities spanning multiple fields, including sociology, social policy, social work, education, political science, economics, urban...

Colorado

Colorado SSN was launched in 2016 to bring together engaged scholars statewide. Colorado SSN focuses on connecting members with policymakers, community leaders, and journalists. Members conduct policy...

Confluence

Confluence SSN is composed of dedicated scholars from Missouri, southern Illinois, and Kansas looking to enact positive change through policy work in the American Midwest and Upper South. Confluence...

Connecticut

Connecticut SSN brings together a vibrant, engaged group of scholars from disciplines ranging from African American studies to political science to medicine to sociology. Although interested in a...

Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas-Fort Worth SSN connects scholars to journalists, policymakers, and civic leaders in the DFW metro area.

Florida

The Florida SSN chapter launched in 2017 to build more connections between local scholars, civic leaders, policymakers, and journalists. Our members are particularly interested in immigration policy...

Georgia

Georgia SSN is comprised of members from different universities across the state. Georgia SSNers contribute meaningful policy research on a variety of topics, from women in legislatures to energy...

Hawaii

Hawaii SSN was launched in 2012 to connect high quality, independent research from scholars working at universities throughout the state. We hope to contribute to more effective public policy at the...

Indiana

Indiana SSN connects its members with policymakers, civic leaders, and journalists.

Kentucky

Kentucky SSN focuses on connecting its members with policymakers, civic leaders, and journalists.

Los Angeles Unified

Addressing issues distinct to the Los Angeles, Southern CA, and Central CA areas, Los Angeles Unified SSN draws on faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students from the institutions...

Maine

Maine SSN was launched in 2012 with engaged scholars from public and private colleges and universities. As Maine is a geographically expansive state with strong participatory traditions, we meet in...

Michigan

Michigan SSN was launched in 2017 to bring together engaged scholars from colleges and universities across the state with policymakers, civic leaders, and journalists. The chapter's hub is in the East...

Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minneapolis-St. Paul SSN was launched in 2010 to bring together a collection of university faculty and administrators with individuals from government, business and non-profit communities to share...

Nebraska

Nebraska SSN was launched in 2020 with a group of interdisciplinary and civically engaged scholars and leaders from colleges and universities across the state. Through partnerships between scholars...

Nevada

Nevada SSN focuses on connecting its members with policymakers, civic leaders, and journalists. We are passionate about public policies concerning education, public health, and criminal justice reform...

New Jersey-Philadelphia

New Jersey-Philadelphia SSN is comprised of members from a number of universities in the Garden State and the Philadelphia area. Our chapter members contribute meaningful policy research on a variety...

New Mexico

New Mexico SSN brings together scholars from New Mexico and Arizona. Members use their own research and expertise, as well the work of SSN members across the network, to contribute to public...

New Orleans

New Orleans SSN launched in 2013 to build more connections between local scholars, civic leaders, policymakers, and journalists. Our members are particularly interested in the issues that are at the...

New York City

Bringing together scholars from the many universities and public policy institutions in the New York City metropolitan area, New York City SSN addresses a variety of public policy issues, particularly...

North Carolina

North Carolina SSN brings together a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of engaged scholars from the mountains to the coast. By leveraging the expertise of our state's world-class...

Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio SSN was launched in 2017 to bring together engaged scholars from across the region. Chapter members have organized around issues and causes related to social justice and local policy...

Oklahoma

Oklahoma SSN encourages collaboration between scholars at universities and state-level policy groups to benefit the public good. This chapter, based in Tulsa, is particularly invested in environmental...

Oregon

The Oregon SSN chapter launched in March 2019 with a coalition of multidisciplinary scholars and researchers from leading advocacy organizations. Oregonians have a rich history of community, labor and...

Sacramento

Sacramento SSN connects scholars from across the capitol region and the Sacramento valley. Our chapter seeks to foster relationships with each other, with policy-makers, and with community leaders. We...

San Diego

San Diego SSN unites area scholars with expertise that focus on both the unique challenges facing San Diegans, as well as the concerns of Americans across the country. Our focus areas include...

South Carolina

South Carolina SSN was founded in 2020 and consists of academic and professional researchers in a variety of disciplines across the Palmetto State. We are committed to engaging a diverse collection of...

Tennessee

Tennessee SSN brings together scholars from middle and east Tennessee, including members from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Vanderbilt University. Members currently focus on education...

Utah

Utah SSN brings together scholars from colleges and universities across Utah, including the state’s three research universities: the University of Utah, Utah State University, and Brigham Young...

Virginia

The Virginia SSN Chapter was launched in 2021 to create a community of scholars to inform policymakers and journalists about research that can be applied to public discourse and policy decisions.  We...

Wisconsin

Wisconsin SSN launched in 2014 to connect academic researchers with individuals from the government, business, media and non-profit communities to share ideas and analyses of state and national policy...