The Hazards, Disasters & Crises Group, created by Professor Daniel Aldrich, along with Thomas Birkland, Rob DeLeo, and Jason Enia, discussed with the APSA the interconnectedness of political science and disasters, as well as how the groups research can aid in the development of disaster preparedness and mitigation policy. When asked why the group studies disasters, the group responded with an anecdote from Professor Aldrich’s past. “One of our founders, Daniel Aldrich, actually had his home, car, and all of his material possessions destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in August 2005. After that he had a strong personal interest in understanding the factors which promote resilience. Aldrich spent time in India, Japan, and the Gulf Coast looking into this question and has been studying it since.” To read the full article, please click here.