The Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy (ISTPP) at the Bush School of Government & Public Service has named four new researchers to its fellows program – Dr. Ki Eun Kang, Dr. Alicia Cooperman, Dr. Galen Newman, and Dr. Dara Wald.
Dr. Cooperman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at The George Washington University. Her broader research agenda studies the politics of natural disasters, natural resource management, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Recent projects examine the role of community organizing in improving household water security and adaptation to climate change in a variety of contexts, including colonias in El Paso County, counties along the Texas Gulf Coast, and rural communities in Northeast Brazil.
Dr. Kang is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration at California State University, San Bernardino. Her research interests include community and local economic development, resilience, environmental and urban policy, behavioral public policy, and conflict resolution. Currently, her research delves into the resilience policies and programs of the 101 largest cities in the U.S. Additionally, she explores public opinions on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), collaboration, as well as climate and environmental health topics.
Dr. Newman is Professor and Department Head in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning in the School of Architecture at Texas A&M University. His research interests include urban regeneration, land use science, spatial analytics, community flood resilience, and community/urban scaled design. His current research focuses on the integration of urban regeneration and urban flood resilience.
Dr. Wald is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. Dr. Wald’s research explores the drivers of conflict and barriers to effective communication in agricultural and natural resource contexts (e.g., water, wildlife, and land). Her current scholarship on trust, identity, and power informs the domains of environmental and risk communication, environmental psychology, and public policy.