Associate Professor of Public Management
Room number
Haaren Hall 53341

Ph.D.,           Rutgers University - Camden (2016, Public Affairs)

M.S.,            Rutgers University - Camden (2015, Public Affairs)

M.P.A.          Rutgers University - Camden (2008, Public Management)

B.A.              Rowan University (2006, History)


Jason Rivera is an Associate Professor of public management in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.  His research focuses on social equity, governance, public adminstration theory, disaster and emergency management, and research design. Over the course of his career, he has focused on investigating the experiences of minority and historically marginalized groups related to disaster and emergency management, in addition to factors affecting these groups’ disaster preparedness. Rivera’s continuing research agenda is dedicated to enhancing social equity in emergency and disaster management policy, practice and assessment, in addition to advocating for more inclusive disaster planning and governance processes within public administration more generally.

Rivera has lead, designed and/or participated in a variety of interdisciplinary projects related to emergency and disaster management, both domestically and abroad. Internationally, he is currently serving on a three-year project supported by U.S. Department of State that is evaluating the capacity and infrustructre of public health emergency management in El Salvador and providing trainings in both New York and El Salvador. Rivera has also completed similar team evaluatory work of emergency management organizations and systems in The Gambia. 


Courses Taught

PAD 705 - Organizational Theory and Management

PMT 711 - Introduction to Emergency Management

PAD 715 - Research Methods in Public Administration


Professional Memberships

American Society of Public Administration (ASPA)

American Soceity of Public Administration's Section on Emergency and Crisis Management (SECM) 

Scholarly Work


Rivera, Jason D. (Ed.). (2021). Disaster and Emergency Management Methods: Social Science Approaches in Application. New York, NY: Routledge.

Nickels, Ashley E. and Jason D. Rivera (Eds.). (2018).  Community Development and Public Administration: Empowering Communities through the Enhancement of Democratic Principles. New York, NY: Routledge.   

Miller, DeMond S. and Jason D. Rivera (Eds.). (2011). Comparative Emergency Management: Examining Global and Regional Responses to Disasters. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Miller, DeMond S. and Jason D. Rivera (Eds.). (2010). Community Disaster Recovery and Resiliency: Exploring Global Opportunities and Challenges. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Rivera, Jason D. and DeMond S. Miller (Eds.). (2010). How Ethnically Marginalized Americans Cope With Catastrophic Disasters: Studies in Suffering and Resiliency. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press.

Miller, DeMond S. and Jason D. Rivera. (2008). Hurricane Katrina and the Redefinition of Landscape. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Selected Articles: 

Knox, Claire C. and Jason D. Rivera. (2023). Inclusionary Emergency Management Planning: Floridian Emergency Management Planners’ Orientations and Perceptions. State and Local Government Review, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/0160323X231171731

Rivera, Jason D. (2023). Trust in Government Actors and COVID-19 Vaccination Uptake Among Hispanics and Latinos in the U.S. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 89, 103627. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2023.103627.

Rivera, Jason D. and Claire Connolly Knox. (2023). Bureaucratic discretion, social equity, and the administrative legitimacy dilemma: Complications of New Public ServicePublic Administration Review, 83(1), 65-77.

Rivera, Jason D. and Claire C. Knox. (2022). Defining Social Equity in Emergency Management: A Critical First Step in the Nexus. Public Administration Review, https://doi.org/10.1111/puar.13574.

Leach, Kirk and Jason D. Rivera. (2021). Dismantling Power Asymmetries in Disaster and Emergency Management Research: Another Argument for the Application of Critical Theory. Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, 1-19, https://doi.org/10.1002/rhc3.12243.

Dantzler, Prentiss A. and Jason D. Rivera. (2021). Constructing Identities of Deservedness: Public Housing and Post-WWII Economic Planning EffortsLaw and Inequality, 39(2), 443-479.    

Rivera, Jason D.  (2019).  When Attaining the Best Sample is Out of Reach: Nonprobability Alternatives When Engaging in Public Administration Research. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 25(3), 314-342.

Rivera, Jason D. (2019). Focus Group Administration in Disaster Research: Methodological Transparency when Dealing with Challenges. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 37(3), 241-263.

Rivera, Jason D. and Zachary D. Wood. (2016). Disaster Relief Volunteerism: Evaluating Cities Planning for the Usage and Management of Spontaneous VolunteersJournal of Emergency Management.  14(2), 127-138.

Rivera, Jason D. and Ashley E. Nickels. (2014). Social Capital, Community Resilience, and Faith-Based Organizations in Disaster Recovery: A Case Study of Mary Queen of Vietnam Catholic ChurchRisk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy. 5(2). pp. 178-211.

Guest-Edited Journal Symposiums:

Jason D. Rivera and Kirk A. Leach (Guest Editors). The Time Has Come: Broadly Integrating Critical Race Theory as an Analytic Lens in Public and Nonprofit Management. Public Integrity, 25(3).