DRC-Disaster Research Center

Michael Brooks


Contact Info 

Name:Dr. Michael Brooks
Phone: W-912-650-5640; H-912-7866325 
Last Updated: 9/20/09


My expertise is limited as I have been away from the field for a long time despite teaching an overview seminar in 2007. I could probably contribute most in the area of housing issues, especially for neighborhoods and community development or redevelopment. I also retain an interest in the areas of race and ethnic relations and a small area of knowledge on immigration issues.   

About This Alum’s Time at DRC

Years of Tenure(s): 1967-1970 
Title and/or Position(s): Research Associate
Projects worked on while at DRC: I worked on a large number of projects, but my major areas included studies of police responses in natural disasters, helping to gather baseline and some follow-up data for the comparative studies of various organizational responses in natural disasters versus civil disturbances, and a study of mass media responses in both. I believe I went on about two dozen trips in three years for DRC.

Since Leaving DRC    

Agencies/institutions worked for:  

  1. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Assistant Professor of Sociology, 1970 – 1976
  2. The University of Kentucky, Lexington, Assistant to Full Professor with tenure, 1976 – 1988.
  3. Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Director, Center for Academic Services, 1988 – 1994.
  4. Washington State University, Pullman, various including Assistant to the Dean, College of Agriculture (Grant writing), 1994 – 1997.
  5. Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA, 1997 – 2007, Chair and Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. (Retired 2007)
  6. South University, Savannah, GA, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, 2009 to present.

Other Major Accomplishments:

  1. A number of teaching related publications and others representing grant work in a number of areas. Collaborated with Jon Shepard on his introductory text.
  2. Participated in nationwide housing discrimination study sponsored by HUD that laid groundwork for many policy changes and progress in the area.
  3. Continued work on housing issues, especially in Valdosta and state of Georgia, with emphasis on substandard and dilapidated housing and programs designed to help communities fight such issues.
  4. Helped build Valdosta State programs by moving from 16 to 22 faculty members across two undergraduate programs and three Masters level programs. Helped sociology program gain accreditation in applied sociology at both BA and MS levels.
  5. Post-Katrina, taught a graduate seminar on disasters and responses.


Hans Mauksch Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education from American Sociological Association Section on Teaching and Learning, 2001.

Other Information this alum would like to share: I have traveled and moved extensively over the United States, but have settled into life in the Savannah area. I met my wife (Deborah L. Brooks) while at the University of Kentucky and we have a grown daughter, Lauren. Deborah is a Professor of Interior Design at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), needing about five more years to retire. Our daughter is completing her MFA in Graphic Design at SCAD. We have built our “dream home” on Tybee Island, GA outside of Savannah and hope to live there a long time, weather willing. Being a “two professor family” provides some insight into our moves, but we have found many great and rewarding challenges in our moves. We would be happy to host any former DRC people who might visit Savannah. It is a beautiful place… with great food and a calm beach.