DRC-Disaster Research Center

Dr. Benigno Aguirre

Core Faculty
166H Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716-2581
Phone: (302) 831-0204
Fax: (302) 831-2091
Email: aguirre@udel.edu
Click here for Ben's Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Schedule

Sociology 322-Crowds, Cults, and Revolutions- Tuesday and Thursdays 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Sociology 622-Collective Behavior- Thursdays 6-9 p.m.

Office Hours
Wendesdays 9:00-12:00


Dr. Benigno E. Aguirre is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware and a core faculty member of the Disaster Research Center. He obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology at Ohio State University.

Current Studies

Collaborative Proposal Project: Interaction between Building and Occupant Responses during Collapse (IBORC) 2008-2010 Principal Investigator, NSF 0825182 , $345,000,

Statistical analysis of the causes of death and injuries in the Station nightclub. This analyis examines the affiliations and mobitiy patterns of victims in the 2003 Station nightclub fires. preliminary findings support the pro social model of human behavior in emergency evacuation initially proposed by  Johnson and his collaborators.

Selected Publications

2008   Aguirre, B. E. and E. L. Quarantelli. “Phenomenology of Death Counts in Disasters: The Invisible Dead in the 9-11 WTC   Attacks.” International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 26, 1, 19-40.

2008   Aguirre, B. E. “Homeland Security Warnings: Lessons Learned  and Unlearned.” International Journal of Mass Emergencies and  Disasters 22 (2) (2004), 103-116 Reprint, Arjen Boin, editor, Crisis Management. Berkeley, California, Sage Library of  Business and Management.

2007   Aguirre, B. E. “Dialectics of Vulnerability and Resilience.”  Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy 14 (1) https://articleworks.cadmus.com/geolaw/z5800107.html

2006  Buck, W., J. Trainor, B. E. Aguirre. “A Critical Analysis of Incident Command System and NIMS.” Journal of Homeland Security and  Emergency  Management,  (http://www.bepress.com/jhsem).

2006   Aguirre, B. E. “The Sociology of Collective Behavior.” Pp. 528-539 in Clifton D. Bryant and Dennis L. Peck, editors, The Handbook of 21st  Century Sociology. Berkeley: Sage.    

2004   Aguirre, B. E. “Los Desastres en Latinoamérica: Vulnerabilidad y Resistencia.” Revista Mexicana de Sociologia. Vol. 66, No. 3, pp. 485-510.