DRC-Disaster Research Center

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez

Core Faculty
Deputy Provost

116 Hullihen Hall
Newark, DE 19716-2581
Phone: (302) 831-2147
Email: havidan@udel.edu

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Dr. Havidán Rodríguez is the Deputy Provost for the University of Delaware and Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. He is also a core faculty member and former Director of the Disaster Research Center (DRC), the oldest and one of the leading social science disaster research centers in the world. He obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Rodríguez held a faculty position and several administrative positions at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM) for over a decade; and he served as Director of the Minority Affairs Program for the American Sociological Association (1995-98). He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan’s Population Fellow’s Program (2001-2003), was selected as the Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor, at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Spring, 2002), received a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Outstanding Achievement Award for 2004, and was recognized as one of the Hispanics of the Year in the state of Delaware for which he received the Professional Achievement Award (2007). He has served on a number of committees for the National Academies of Science, including the Disaster Roundtables of the National Research Council, the Committee on Assessing Vulnerabilities Related to the Nation's Chemical Infrastructure, and the Committee on Using Demographic Data and Tools More Effectively to Assist Populations at Risk of Facing Disasters. He has also served on a number of review panels for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and was the Chair of the Latino/a Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

Dr. Rodríguez is a sociologist with academic training in demography and statistics. He has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methodology. His primary data collection methodologies include surveys, in-depth interviews, focus groups, as well as extensively using secondary data analysis and content analysis for his research projects.His primary areas of academic and research interests, within the field of sociology, include disasters, demography, research methodology, and race and ethnicity, with a special emphasis on economic well-being and income inequality among the Latino/a population in the United States. He has published in the areas of disasters, diversity in higher education, and Latinas/os in the United States. He is the co-editor (with Enrico Quarantelli and Russell Dynes) of the Handbook of Disaster Research (2006) and the co-editor (with Rogelio Sáenz and Cecilia Menjívar) of the book Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of América (2008).

Current Studies

Rodríguez has received funding from NSF, the Ford Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the UPRM Sea Grant Program, among others, for a number of research projects on the social science aspects of hazards and disasters and for research projects aimed at providing hands-on research training and mentoring to undergraduate and graduate students.

He is currently working on several research projects: Population composition, geographic distribution, natural hazards, and vulnerability in the coastal regions of Puerto Rico (funded by the UPRM Sea Grant Program); he is a lead social science researcher for the Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA - funded by NSF); and he is the Principle investigator for Training the Next Generation of Disaster Scholars:DRC's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site

Havidan was a member of the Social Science research team of the Mid-America Earthquake Center funded by NSF; and he is a co-principal investigator in a research project focusing on materiel convergence, including control, coordination, and delivery of critical supplies to the site of extreme events.

Selected Publications

Bass, E.J., Baumgart, L.A., Philips, B., Kloesel, K., Dougherty, K., Rodríguez, H., Díaz, W., Donner, W., Santos, J., & Zink, M. (2009). “Incorporating Emergency Management Needs in the Development of Weather Radar Networks. Journal of Emergency Management, 7(1), 45-52.

Donner, W. and Rodríguez, H. (2008). “Population Composition, Migration, and Inequality: The Influence of Demographic Changes on Disaster Risk and Vulnerability. Social Forces, Vol. 87, No. 2: 1089-1114.

Dynes, R. and Rodriguez, H. (2007). “Finding and Framing Katrina: The Social Construction of Disaster.” In Brunsma, D.L., Overfelt, D., and Picou, S.J. (Eds.). The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 23-33.

Rodriguez, H. and Russell, C.N. (2006). “Understanding Disasters: Vulnerability, Sustainable Development, and Resiliency.” In Judith Blau and Keri Iyall-Smith (Eds.). Public Sociologies Reader. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, pages 193-211.

Rodriguez, H., Quarantelli, E.L., and Dynes, R. (Eds.). (2006). Handbook of Disaster Research. New York: Springer.

Rodriguez, H. and Aguirre, B.E. (2006). “Hurricane Katrina and the Healthcare Infrastructure: A Focus on Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Resiliency.” Feature article in FRONTIERS of Health Services Management, Vol. 23, No. 1:13-24.

Rodríguez H., Quarantelli, E.L., and Dynes, R. (2006). “Editors’ Introduction.” In Rodriguez, H., Quarantelli, E.L., and Dynes, R. (Eds.). Handbook of Disaster Research. New York: Springer, pages xiii-xx.

Rodríguez, H., Diaz, W. Santos, J., and Aguirre, B. (2006). Communicating Risk and Uncertainty: Science, Technology, and Disasters at the Crossroads.” In Rodriguez, H., Quarantelli, E.L., and Dynes, R. (Eds.). Handbook of Disaster Research. New York: Springer, pages 476-488.