Denise D P
Associate Professor & Director, MPA Inspection & Oversight
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PhD   (2010) Pennsylvania State University (Public Administration; Specializations in Organization Theory and Management; Public Policy; Disaster Management)
MA  (1999) Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, The Netherlands (Development Studies; Specialization in Women & Development Studies)
Dip., (1997) Raoule Wallenberg Institute, University of Lund  (Equal Status and Human Rights of Women)
MBA  (1995) Nova Southeastern University

BA (1992) University of the West Indies (Geography with Social Science)


Professor Denise D P Thompson is the Director of the MPA in Inspection and Oversight and is an associate professor in the Department of Public Management, John Jay College, CUNY. She is a development studies scholar who has a Ph.D. in Public Administration. She has researched and published on disaster risk management, governance, and public policy issues related to disaster risk reduction issues affecting small island developing states (SIDS).

Since joining John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, in 2010, Professor Thompson has researched and published on public policy, disaster risk governance, disaster logistics and humanitarian response, disaster resilience, and sustainable development. She has conducted research on and policy work for several notable agencies, including the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), International Labor Organization (ILO), Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Environmental Solutions Limited (ESL)

Professor Thompson also teaches courses in public policy, organization management and leadership, and emergency management at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Online version of Organization Theory and Management is among the courses she has developed.

Professor Thompson is committed to improving students’ learning outcomes and assessments at the college and departmental levels. She has completely revamped the undergraduate Criminal Justice Management program that NY State later approved. In their accreditation mission, she also works as a site visitor for the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). She has been selected (several years) as the faculty that most contributed to their academic success at John Jay College of Criminal Justice by students on the Dean’s List.

Professor Thompson has served on several committees and boards, including the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS), Disaster Prevention and Resilience (DPR), and the Crisis Response Journal (CRJ), a practitioner-focused journal on crisis, disaster and security management. She is currently a board member for the American Society for Public Administration section on Emergency and Crisis Management and the NASPAA section on Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Professor Thompson also serves as a Subject Matter Expert in Emergency Management and Homeland Security at Thomas Edison State University, NJ.

Professor Thompson is the recipient of several awards including the Jeremy Collymore Award (inaugural winner) for Research in Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Management in the Caribbean. The award supports innovative and insightful research that improves emergency response and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in the CDEMA Participating States. 
Courses Taught

PAD 700: Introduction to Public Administration

PAD 705 - Organization Theory and Management

PAD 739 - Political Setting of Public Administration (Public Policy)

PAD 715 - Research Methods

PAD 771 - Policy Capstone

PAD 340 - Policy and Planning (Undergraduate)

PMT 711 - Introduction to Emergency Management

CJM 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Management (Undergraduate)

Professional Memberships

American Society for Public Administration

             Section on Emergency and crisis Management: Chair of DEI Committee; Chair of Conference Communications Committee

             Section on Complexity and System/ Studies Network (SCNS)

NASPAA - The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration - Site Visitor

Caribbean Studies Association

Caribbean Evaluators International


2018 - present: International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS)

2021 – present: Disaster Prevention and Resilience (DPR)

2014 – present: Crisis Response Journal (CRJ), a practitioner-focused journal

Scholarly Work




Refereed Book

Thompson, Denise D.P. (2019, September). Disaster Risk Governance: Four Cases from Developing Countries, Routledge; ISBN: 978-1-138-22502-2 (hbk) or 978-1-315-40117-1(ebk)

Other: Book

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 CDEMA) Germany: Lambert Academic Publishers ISBN: 978-3-8383-7687-5

Journal Guest Editor

  1. Thompson, D.D.P. and Anderson, R. (2021, Apr.) (Editors). Special Issue on Preparing the Humanitarian Supply Chain for Epidemics and Pandemics Response. Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Vol. 11, No. 2. Access at
  2. Denise D.P. Thompson, Abdul-Akeem Sadiq, Alessandra Jerolleman, and David McIntire (Editors). Public Administration during times of conflict: Impacts on governance and service delivery. International Journal of Public Administration (expected fall 2023/Spring 2024


Refereed Journal Articles:

  1. Thompson, D. D. (2022). Compounding challenges for disaster resilience in small island developing states. Disaster Prevention and Resilience1(1), 4.
  2. Thompson, D.D.P. and Anderson, R. (2021), "The COVID-19 response: considerations for future humanitarian supply chain and logistics management research", Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Vol. 11, No. 2.
  3. Thompson, Denise D.P. (2016, May). Do catastrophes in poor countries lead to event-related policy change?: The 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Journal of Public Administration and Governance, 6(3): 29-43
  4. Thompson, Denise D.P. (2015). Disaster logistics in small island developing states: Caribbean perspective, Disaster Prevention and Management, 24(2): 166 – 184
  5. Thompson, Denise, D.P. (2012). Leveraging Learning to Improve Disaster Management Outcomes, International Journal of Disaster Risk Science 3(4): 195-206
  6. Thompson, Denise, D.P.  (2011, Fall). Using systems thinking to understand critical incidents. Journal of Critical Incident Analysis, 2(1): 2-21


Book Chapters


  1. Thompson, Denise D.P. (2019, October). “Dominica: The World’s First Resilient Country?” in Housing Recovery After Disaster edited by Frances L. Edwards, Lexington Books
  2. Thompson, Denise D.P. (forthcoming). Coping with Risks and Uncertainty: Climate Change and its effects on the Built Environment in Eastern Caribbean SIDS. In Lamond, J et at Climate Change Challenges for the Built Environment: Adaptation and Mitigation Solutions, 2nd ed.


Refereed Encyclopedic Articles

  1. Thompson, Denise D.P. (2018). Hazardous Environmental Effects: Flint, Michigan. Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management, Springer Publishers Reference works; share and cite: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-69891-5_146-1
  2. Thompson, Denise D.P. (2017, june/jul). Non-linear Policy Change.  Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_3087-1


Non-refereed Professional Articles

  1. Thompson, Denise D.P. (2015, September). The Tale of two Countries: social vulnerability in disaster risk exposure and impact and the mediating influence of governance on disaster outcome, Crisis Response Journal, 11(1): 66-68
  2. Thompson, Denise D.P. (2014). Important components of logistics in disaster management: Reflections from the Red Cross. Crisis Response Journal, 9(3): 57-59


Opinions and Blogs

Thompson Denise D.P. (2021, April 30). Getting help to those who need it in a pandemic: addressing the challenges of humanitarian supply chain operations. Emerald Publishing. Accessed at


2019-20         Wrote the Safe Schools’ policies for the governments of Antigua and Barbuda

and St. Kitts and Nevis to reduce negative physical and environmental safety risks on schools

2017              Technical Review consultant, International Labor Organization (ILO)

2000              Jamaica Country Strategy, Canada-Caribbean Gender Equity Fund -Canadian

International Development Agency (Jan/Feb)


Honors and Awards

2017      Jeremy Collymore Award for Research in Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Management. This award comes with $5,000 to help with my research on strengthening the disaster logistics supply chain in the Caribbean – December 2017. The award was announced in the region via the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency network in 18 participating countries (the award announcement is attached).

2017      Book Completion Award, City University of New York

2007-2008 Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholar, East Stroudsburg University (ESU)

1998      Dutch Government Fellowship.

1997      Swedish International Development Agency Fellowship


Recognized for significant contribution to students’ academic achievements:

  • Faculty that most contributed to their academic success at John Jay by students on the Dean’s List during academic years 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 academic years.
  • In the 2009-10 Graduating Student Survey as one of the most important people at ESU by helping to make graduate student’s experience at ESU a successful one.
  • By the Athletic Department of East Stroudsburg University during its celebration of National Student-Athlete Day, April 22, 2008 as a professor who has played a major role in a student-athlete’s academic success at ESU. I was nominated by Christopher Bach.
Research Summary

Denise Thompson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York, USA. She is a subject matter expert in disaster risk reduction and management and public policy and consults in these areas. She brings over a decade and a half of research and publications on small island developing states, disaster risk governance, disaster resilience and sustainability, climate change and the built environment, disaster supply chain management, logistics in humanitarian operations. She has made an impact in the areas of program development and evaluation, program accreditation, student learning outcomes assessment, strategic planning and curricular development. Dr. Thompson is also the director of the MPA Inspection and Oversight program at John Jay College working to advance accountability, integrity and oversight in government, non for profit and related oversight agencies by equipping current and future public servants with the knowledge, skills, and leadership experiences necessary to excel in these functions. She is also a motivated and engaging public management professor driven to excellence in teaching and in motivating students to achieve academic and personal success. She has mentored dozens of graduate students to advocacy and further studies in the public service.