Hazards or Vulnerability?
Rethinking Theory and Policy

David A. McEntire, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Public Administration
University of North Texas (UNT)

November 2, 2005

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UNT Emergency Administration and Planning Program
Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol 14, Issue 2 (abstracts only)
Disciplines, Disasters and Emergency Management Textbook

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Dr. McEntire teaches emergency management courses in both the undergraduate EADP and MPA programs at the University of North Texas. Dr. McEntire's academic interests include emergency management theory, international disasters, community preparedness, response coordination, and vulnerability reduction. He has received several Quick Response Grants (funded by the National Science Foundation through the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado) which allowed him to conduct research on disasters in Peru, the Dominican Republic, Texas, New York and California.

His research has been published in Public Administration Review, the Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Disasters, the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, the Journal of Emergency Management, the Journal of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Sustainable Communities Review, the International Journal of Emergency Management, the Towson Journal of International Affairs, the Journal of the American Society of Professional Emergency Planners, and the Journal of International and Public Affairs. His research has earned Highly Commended and Outstanding Paper Awards in Disaster Prevention and Management.

Dr. McEntire has received grants to conduct terrorism response training for FEMA in Arkansas and Oklahoma. He has been a contributing author for a study of Texas Homeland Security Preparedness for the Century Foundation as well as two IQ Reports for the International City/County Management Association. McEntire has presented papers in Mexico and Norway, at the National Science Foundation, and at the Higher Education Conference at FEMA's Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He is a member of Congressman Burgess' Homeland Security Advisory Board and the Fire Protection Publications Advisory Board. He has reviewed books for Delmar Learning.

Dr. McEntire has completed the first draft of an instructor guide on disaster response operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He is currently editing a book on interdisciplinary contributions to disaster studies and has just signed a contract to write a book on disaster resilience with Wiley Publishers.

Dr. McEntire is a former Coordinator of the EADP program. Prior to coming to the University of North Texas in the Fall of 1999, McEntire attended the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. While pursuing his degree, he worked for the International and Emergency Services Departments at the American Red Cross.