Denise D.P. Thompson

Denise D.P. Thompson

Assistant Professor
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PhD   Pennsylvania State University (Public Administration)
MA  Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands
Dip.  (Development Studies, specialization in Gender Studies)
MBA  Equal Status and Human Rights of Women, Raoule Wallenberg Institute, University of Lund, Sweden
Nova Southeastern University


Professor Thompson is assistant professor in the Ppublic Management Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. She earned her doctorate in Public Administration at Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg. Her areas of interest include disaster management, disaster policy and sustainable development  with a focus on small island states and regional disaster management mechanisms; organizational  learning and performance and critical incident analysis with an international comparative emphasis. Professor Thompson teaches courses in organization theory and management, policy analysis and the capstone course. She also teaches the Introduction to Emergency Management  course in the Security, Fire and Emergency Management Department.
Prior to coming to John Jay College, Professor Thompson worked in the Caribbean region on sustainable development issue including:

Being program coordinator of the Canada-Caribbean Gender Equity Fund woking to mainstream gender considerations in government policies and programs

Program Officer for the Jamaican Social Investment Fund to promote sustainable comminuty development

Independent consultant examining ways to improve Jamaica's social safety net program

Election observer

Scholarly Work

Publications include:
Thompson, Denise, D.P. (2012). Leveraging Learning to Improve Disaster Management Outcomes, International Journal of Disaster Risk Science 3(4): 195-206, doi : 10.1007/s13753-012-0020-4

Thompson, Denise, D.P.  (2011, Fall). Using systems thinking to understand critical incidents. Journal of Critical Incident Analysis, vol. 2, Iss 1, pp 2-21

Thompson, Denise D.P (2010, Sep 15) A Framework for Making multistate disaster management systems perform: Insights from the Caribbean Emergency and Disaster Response Agency (now CDERA)  Germany: Lambert Academic Publishers ISBN: 978-3-8383-7687-5

Research Summary

Professor Thompson is currently engaged in the following areas of research:

Improving the logistics management operations in disaster management entities in the Caribbean Region

Rapid Disaster Response Research with the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies (RaCERS) at John Jay College

Conceptualizing novel disasters and developing a framework to better understand them


Area of Expertise

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Emergency management
organization learning
sustainable development