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Thomas E. Drabek

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Thomas E. Drabek

John Evans Professor Emeritus
Phone: 303-871-2948
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Speaker info from 2013 IAEM conference
(plenary speaker)


areas of expertise/research interests

Group and organizational responses to large-scale disasters; issues in the sociology of education 

professional biography

Thomas E. Drabek, Professor Emeritus, received his PhD from Ohio State University in 1965. His primary interests include group and organizational responses to large-scale disasters and issues in the sociology of education. Among his more recent books are: Strategies for Coordinating Disaster Responses; Disaster-Induced Employee Evacuations; and Emergency Management Principles and Application for Tourism, Hospitality, and Travel Management (co-authored with C. Gee, University of Hawaii at Manoa). In August 2007, he was awarded the E.L. Quarantelli Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Theory by the International Research Committee on Disasters. In June 2008, he received the first Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard Award for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management Higher Education. His newest book is the Second Edition of The Human Side of Disaster, 2013, CRC Press: Boca Raton, Florida. In October, 2010, he was the closing keynote speaker at the University of Florida Tourism Crisis Management Leadership Workshop in Gainesville, Florida. In October, 2011, he was the keynote speaker at the state emergency management conferences in Indiana and Michigan and in June, 2013 he gave the Keynote address at the Utah Healthcare Preparedness Summit. In October, 2013 he was one of the five "featured speakers" at a plenary session during the annual meeting of the International Association of Emergency Managers. He continues to present research summaries to emergency management professionals and their academic counterparts throughout the U.S. and elsewhere.


PhD   The Ohio State University, 1965
MA    The Ohio State University, 1962
BA     University of Denver, 1961