Birkland is an associate professor of public administration and policy,
political science at the University at Albany, State University of New
he also directs the Center for Policy Research. Dr. Birkland received
his Ph.D. in
political science from the University of Washington in 1995. He is interested
disasters and crises change media and policy makers' agendas and reorder
are perceived to be important problems.
Birkland is the author of After Disaster (Georgetown University
and is currently writing a book for the same press tentatively titled
Disaster. This book will incorporate data gathered as part of a
NSF funded study
of post-disaster policy learning after natural disasters. The book will
and to what extent policy learning follows natural disasters, business
Birkland was a 1993-94 EERI-FEMA Fellow, as well as a Faculty Fellow
Social Science Research Applied to Hazards and Disasters (the first
Project"). He has written several articles about natural hazards
policy and politics.
Most recently, Dr. Birkland was a plenary speaker and moderator at the
Summit on emergency planning and management for the judiciary, and is
a member of the EERI's Social Science/Learning from Earthquakes committee.
An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, and Models
Public Policy Making (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2001).
After Disaster: Agenda Setting, Public Policy, and Focusing Events.
(Washington: Georgetown University Press, 1997).
2003 "River Ecology and Flood Hazard Mitigation" with Raymond
David Conrad, Hanna Cortner, and William Michener. Natural Hazards
"Policy Evaluation in a Challenging Authorizing Environment:
Intergovernmental and Interorganizational Factors," with Joanne
G. Carman and
Kimberly Fredericks. Special Issue, "Responding to Sponsors and
in Complex Evaluation Environments" New Directions for Evaluation
Thomas A. Birkland and Regina Lawrence. "The Social and Political
of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill," Spill Science and Technology
Thomas A. Birkland and Radhika Nath, "Business and the Political
in Disaster Management," Journal of Public Policy 20(3):
"Scientists and Coastal Hazards: Opportunities for Participation
Change," Environmental Geosciences 8(1): 61-67.
"Focusing Events, Mobilization, and Agenda Setting."
Journal of Public Policy 18(1): 53-74.
Scott Barclay and Thomas A. Birkland. "Law, Policy Making, and
Process: Closing the Gaps" Policy Studies Journal 26(2):
"In the Wake of the Exxon Valdez: How Environmental Disasters Can
Policy Change," Environment 40(7): 4-9; 27-32.
"Disasters and the Courts' Agenda," Judges' Journal
Inhibiting a National Hurricane Policy,"
Coastal Management 25(4):387-403.
Disasters as Focusing Events: Policy Communities and Political
Response." International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters
Peter J. May and Thomas A. Birkland. "Earthquake Risk Reduction:
Examination of Local Regulatory Efforts." Environmental Management
Christine Bishop-Edkins and Thomas A. Birkland. "Integrating Strategic
Planning and Budgeting: A Case Study at the New Jersey Department of
Transportation." Transportation Research Record 1305: 147-152.
Contributions, Editorials, and Other Work
2002 "New York's Beasts of Burden: Counties are creatures of the
mandates come with the turf." Newsday (Long Island), September
"Expertise and Policy Change After 'Focusing Events," Journal
Technology 8(3): 122-124. (Part of a series of articles titled "After