Denise D.P. Thompson

Denise D.P. Thompson

Associate Professor
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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 in The Hague, Netherlands (Development Studies; Specialization in Gender Studies)
Dip., (1997) Raoule Wallenberg Institute, University of Lund  (Development Studies, Equal Status and Human Rights of Women)
MBA  (1995) Nova Southeastern University


Professor Thompson is associate professor in the Public 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 research focus include disaster management, disaster policy and sustainable development  with emphasis 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

JJC Affiliations


Professional Memberships

American Society for Public Administration

             Section on Emergency and crisis Management

             Section on Complexity and System/ Studies Network (SCNS)

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

Scholarly Work

Referred Book:

Thompson, Denise D.P. (2019). Disaster Risk Governance in developing countries, under contract, Routledge

Referreed Book Chapter

Thompson, Denise D.P. (2019). “Dominica: The World’s First Resilient Country?” in Edwards, F. (ed.) Housing Recovery after Disasters. Lexington Books

Refereed Journal Articles:

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, 2015; Impact Factor 1.03

Thompson, Denise D.P. (2015),"Disaster logistics in small island developing states: Caribbean perspective", Disaster Prevention and Management, 24(2): 166 – 184; Impact Factor is 0.987

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; Impact factor 2.25

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

Refereed Encyclopedia Articles

Thompson, Denise D.P. (2018). Hazardous Environmental Effects: Flint, Mi. Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management, Springer Publishers Reference works; share and cite: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-69891-5_146-1

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 and professional articles

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

Thompson, Denise D.P. (2014). Important components of logistics in disaster management: Reflections from the Red Cross. Crisis Response Journal, 9(3): 57-59

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

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 a researcher who works in disaster risk reduction and Governance .  She has developed a track record of research focsed on small island and developing states and has several publications and institutional development projects in these areas. 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. Professor Thompson is currently engaged in the following areas of research:

Improving the supply chain in disaster management  in the Caribbean Region

School Safety

Social Vulnerability


Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Disaster & Emergency Response
Urban Development & Gentrification

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Disaster Risk Reduction and Governance

Organization assessment and development (esp. Disaster Organizations)

Disaster Supply Chain and Logistics

Sustainable development

School Safety