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Campus Advisories

Hurricanes and Natural Disasters

The following experts are available to discuss the causes and impact of hurricanes
(Updated 8/28/08).

Hurricanes and Disaster Response

Daniel Kaniewski
Homeland Security Policy Institute
Kaniewski served on the White House staff from July 2005 to August 2008, most recently as special assistant to the president for homeland security and senior director for response policy.  Just one month after joining the White House staff in July 2005, he witnessed first hand the failures at responding to Hurricane Katrina.  He then served as a co-author and editor of the White House report The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned. Later, serving as special assistant to the president for homeland security and senior director for response policy, he worked to improve the nation's response capabilities and advised the president and White House senior staff during domestic incidents (including both man-made and natural disasters). 
Cell Phone: 202-423-4940

Joseph A. Barbera, M.D.
Co-Director of The George Washington University Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management
Barbera was the lead medical consultant for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the development of the National Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Response System, and participates as a medical officer for the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance International Search & Rescue Program and the FEMA US&R Incident Support Team. He has participated in responses to hurricanes, mine disasters, earthquakes (Baguio City Philippines, Northridge California, Tou-Liu Taiwan), mass terrorism (the Oklahoma City Bombing and the 9-11 Pentagon and World Trade Center attacks), and biological terrorism. An M.D. by training, Barbera has completed multiple research projects focusing on health and medical systems in emergency preparedness and response.
Office: (202) 994-8424

Julia Frank, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Frank's longstanding professional interest in traumatic stress has led her to be one of the longest serving members of the GW Hospital Emergency Preparedness Committee. Dr. Frank is also a Red Cross Mental Health volunteer and has had some direct emergency experience working
with Hurricane Katrina survivors in DC in 2005 and in Mississippi in 2007. She is the chair of disaster committee of the Washington Psychiatric Society.
Office: (202) 741-2865
Cell Phone: (301) 796-8298
Home: (301) 588-0119

Race, Class, and Natural Disasters

Greg Squires
Professor of Sociology and of Public Policy and Public Administration
In his research, Greg Squires examines how race and class shape the development of urban and metropolitan communities focusing on the role of housing and related financial services. Currently he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Woodstock Institute and the Advisory Board of the John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center in Chicago, Ill.  Squires has served as a consultant for civil rights organizations around the country and as a member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council. Recent publications include Color and Money (2001), Urban Sprawl (2002), Organizing Access to Capital (2003), Why the Poor Pay More:  How to Stop Predatory Lending (2004), and Privileged Places (forthcoming, 2006).
Office: (202) 994-6894


Thomas Foggin
Adjunct Professor of Geography
Foggin’s research interests include human impact on environmental processes; diffusion of plants, animals, and humans; and environmental history.
Office: (202) 994-7156

David Rain
Assistant Professor of Geography
Professor Rain is an expert in population and environment as well as international urban geography, geographic information systems, and international development. Professor Rain teaches related courses including “Society and Environment.”
Office: (202) 994-8523

Global Humanitarian Response and Nonprofit Involvement

Amitai Etzioni
GW University Professor and Professor of International Affairs 
Professor Etzioni is the author of over thirty books, including The Monochrome Society (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001), The Limits of Privacy (New York: Basic Books, 1999), The New Golden Rule (New York: Basic Books, 1996), which received the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s 1997 Tolerance Book Award, The Spirit of Community (New York: Crown Books, 1993), and The Moral Dimension: Toward a New Economics (New York: Free Press, 1988).  Outside of academia, Etzioni’s voice is frequently heard in the media.  He appears often on radio and television programs, and is regularly consulted by print media as well.
Office: (202) 994-8190

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