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About John J. Kiefer

Dr. Kiefer is Associate Professor and Director, MPA Program in the Department of Political Science at the University of New Orleans (UNO). He is also a faculty associate at the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (CHART), UNO’s applied hazards social science research center. Prior to coming to UNO, Dr. Kiefer was a Research Professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer.
John implemented the Hazard Policy specialization within the Master of Public Administration program at UNO. He teaches courses in hazard policy/administration and program evaluation. In his applied research, Dr. Kiefer specializes in the development of outcome-focused collaborative networks to create disaster resilience, especially focused on vulnerable populations. He is currently either principal investigator or a research team member for several projects that include flood policy, elderly evacuation, technology initiatives for vulnerable populations, repetitive flood loss mitigation, and a disaster resilient university project.
Professor Kiefer has been principal evaluator for a broad range of programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education, State of Louisiana, and several cities. He has delivered numerous papers and chaired panels at professional meetings in the United States and Canada.
Dr. Kiefer serves as Chair of the Section on Emergency and Crisis Management of the American Society for Public Administration and on the Executive Board of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration. His current research interests include hazard policy, emergency management, and program evaluation.


Present Associate Professor, University of New Orleans
Present Director, Master of Public Administration Program, University of New Orleans
Present Faculty Associate, University of New Orleans Center for Hazard Assessment, Response and Technology

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

Public Administration, U.S. Hazard Policy, Emergency Management, Disaster Resiliency, and Program and Outcome Evaluation

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Contact Information

Department of Political Science
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, Louisiana 70148


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