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About Brian J. Gerber

Brian J. Gerber is an Associate Professor in the Public Administration Institute, Louisiana State University. His research specialization areas include disaster management, homeland security policy and administration, and regulatory policy. He has published articles in journals such as Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Political Research Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Public Finance and Management, Public Performance and Management Review and Urban Affairs Review. He has served as Research Director for the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at LSU, has been a Research Associate with West Virginia University’s Regional Research Institute, was a Research Fellow with the National Science Foundation’s “Next Generation of Hazards Researchers” program, and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Policy Studies Journal. Dr. Gerber has extensive experience performing policy analysis and evaluation work for state and local government agencies, including extensive work on evacuation management issues for the State of West Virginia. He has also received external funding from, among others, the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Education for projects examining topics such as local government variation in the implementation of national homeland security policy goals and the unique management needs experienced by persons with disabilities during disaster evacuations. These interests have lead him to serve as a Co-Editor of the new journal Risk, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy. Gerber holds a PhD in political science from Stony Brook University (SUNY).


Present Faculty Member, Policy Studies Organization
Present Associate Professor, Public Administration Institute, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

disaster management and homeland security policy, environmental regulation, and bureaucracy and evaluation of policy implementation

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Honors and Awards

  • Academy of Management, Best Article Award, Public and Nonprofit (PNP) Division, 2009
  • Beryl Radin Award for best research article published in 2008 in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

Contact Information

Louisiana State University
3200 Patrick F. Taylor Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Office: 225-578-7132