DRC-Disaster Research Center

Manuel Torres

Gradaute Research Assistant
163 Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716-2581
Phone: (302) 831-6625
Fax: (302) 831-2091
Email: mrtorres@udel.edu
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Manuel R. Torres is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. Manuel received a BS at Rutgers University in 2000 with a double major in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Manuel came to Delaware in 2003 to enter the Sociology program at the University of Delaware.  Manuel has worked as a Graduate Researcher at the Disaster Research Center (DRC) since January 2005. His interest in collective behavior strongly influenced his coming to the DRC. While here, he has worked primarily in the study of FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR). Currently he is Project Lead on the Michigan/Fire Science study. Manuel’s sociological interests consist of race, stratification, collective behavior and social movements. Manuel has recently received his M.A. in Sociology from the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware

Selected Publications

Donner, William; Joseph E. Trainor & Manuel R. Torres 2006 “There for the Storm: Post Impact Evacuee Perspectives on Katrina Evacuation” Learning from Catastrophe: Quick Response Research in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina. Boulder, CO. Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado

Nigg, Joanne M.; John Barnshaw & Manuel R. Torres 2006. Hurricane Katrina and the Flooding of New Orleans: Emergent Issues in Sheltering and Temporary Housing. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 604, March 2006, 113-128

Barsky, Lauren; Joseph E.Trainor & Manuel R. Torres 2006. Disaster Realities in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Revisiting the Looting Myth. Quick Response Research Report 184. Boulder, CO: University of Colorado Natural Hazards Center. http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/qr/qr184/qr184.html.