Dr. Richard T. Sylves

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Dr. Richard T. Sylves

Political Science and International Relations

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Richard T. Sylves, PhD (University of Illinois, 1977) joined the Department in 1977. He writes and researches disaster policy and environmental policy. He specializes in American Politics, Public Policy, and Public Administration. Professor Sylves developed the University's first course on Politics and Disaster in 1988. Other teaching areas also include Environmental Policy, Organization Theory, Public Administration, Public Budgeting, and Public Policy. Professor Sylves is a Senior Policy Fellow with the UD Center for Energy and Environmental Policy. He holds joint appointments in the MPA and Marine Policy program. His research has been supported by NSF, NOAA Sea Grant, Dept. of Homeland Security/FEMA, and the Public Entity Risk Institute. Professor Sylves retired from the Department in August 2010.

Recent Publications:

'President Bush and Hurricane Katrina: A Presidential Leadership Study.' Annals of Political and Social Science (March 2006): 1-28.

'Federal Emergency Management Comes of Age: 1979-2001,' in Emergency Management: The American Experience, 1900-2005, Claire B. Rubin, Ed. Fairfax, VA: Public Entity Risk Institute, 2007.

'Presidential Disaster Declaration Decisions, 1953-2003: What Influences Odds of Approval,' with Zoltan I. Buzas. State and Local Government Review 39:1 (2007): 3-15.

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