Campus Address: Cassety Hall 206
Dr. Rivera joined the Department of Political Science and Public Administration in the Spring 2016 semester. He is a Founders Fellow (2016) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and a Minority Fellow (2009/2010) of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Rivera currenlty serves as an active member of the executive board for ASPA's Section on Emergency and Crisis Management (SECM) and is a Co-Editor of the International Journal of Public Administration (IJPA).
In addition to coordinating both the public adminstration track of the MPA program and the disaster & emergency management certificate program, within the department Dr. Rivera serves as Chair of the Personnel Committee, Co-Chair of the Assessment Committee, Chair Pro Tempore, and is a memeber of various other committees. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Buffalo State Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Instruction and Research (I&R) Senate Subcommittee.
Ph.D. in Public Affairs, Rutgers University (2016)
Specialization: Community Development
MS in Public Affairs, Rutgers University (2015)
MPA, Rutgers University (2008)
Specialization: Public Management
BA, Rowan University (2006)
Major: History; Minor: Political Science
Rivera, Jason D. (Ed.). (2021). Disaster and Emergency Management Methods: Social Science Approaches in Application. New York, NY: Routledge.
Nickels, Ashley E. and Jason D. Rivera (Eds.). (2018). Community Development and Public Administration Theory: Promoting Democratic Principles to Improve Communities. New York, NY: Routledge.
Miller, DeMond S. and Jason D. Rivera (Eds.). (2011). Comparative Emergency Management: Examining Global and Regional Responses to Disasters. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Miller, DeMond S. and Jason D. Rivera (Eds.). (2010). Community Disaster Recovery and Resiliency: Exploring Global Opportunities and Challenges. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Rivera, Jason D. and DeMond S. Miller (Eds.). (2010). How Ethnically Marginalized Americans Cope with Catastrophic Disasters: Studies in Suffering and Resiliency. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press.
Miller, DeMond S. and Jason D. Rivera. (2008). Hurricane Katrina and the Redefinition of Landscape. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Rivera, Jason D. (2022). Factors Influencing Preparedness Self-efficacy Among Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. Disaster Prevention and Management. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-11-2021-0299.
Leach, Kirk and Jason D. Rivera. (2021). Dismantling Power Asymmetries in Disaster and Emergency Management Research: Another Argument for the Application of Critical Theory. Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, 1-19.
Rivera, Jason D. (2021). Factors Influencing Individual Disaster Preparedness Information Seeking Behavior: An Analysis of U.S. Households. Natural Hazards Review, 22(4).
Dantzler, Prentiss A. and Jason D. Rivera. (2021). Constructing Identities of Deservedness: Public Housing and Post-WWII Economic Planning Efforts. Law and Inequality, 39(2), 443-479.
Rivera, Jason D. and Andrew Uttaro. (2021). The Manefestation of New Public Service Principles in Small-town Government: A Case Study of Grand Island, New York. State and Local Government Review. 53(1)
Rivera, Jason D. (2020). The Likelihood of Having a Household Emergency Plan: Understanding Factors in the U.S. Context. Natural Hazards, 104(2), 1331-1343.
Rivera, Jason D. (2020). Returning to Normalcy in the Short-Term: An Investigation of the Continuing Recovery from Hurricane Harvey among Individuals with Home Damage. Disasters, 44(3), 548-568.
Rivera, Jason D. (2020). The Impact of Evacuating on Short-Term Disaster Recovery: A Study of Individuals Affected by Hurricane Harvey Living in Texas Counties. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 44.
Rivera, Jason D., Atta Ceesay, and Aminata Sillah. (2020). Challenges to Disaster Risk Management in The Gambia: A Preliminary Investigation of the Disaster Management System’s Structure. Progress in Disaster Science, 6.
Rivera, Jason D. (2019). Focus Group Administration in Disaster Research: Methodological Transparency when Dealing with Challenges. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 37(3), 241-263.
Rivera, Jason D. (2019). Deciding to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance: A Preliminary Investigation of Disaster Decision-Making using a Bounded Rationality Framework. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Rivera, Jason D. and Alexis Willard. (2019) Humanitarian logistics in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria: the experience of the American Red Cross in Puerto Rico. International Journal of Emergency Management, 15(2), 166–186.
Rivera, Jason D. and Mark Landahl. (2019). An environment conducive to bureaucratic innovation?: Exploring the potential for public entrepreneurship within FEMA. Journal of Urban Management, 8(2), 272-281.
Dantzler, Prentiss and Jason D. Rivera. (2018). Settling in or moving out? Exploring the effect of mobility intentions on public housing exits. Housing Studies, 34(4), 715-733.
Rivera, Jason D. (2018). When Attaining the Best Sample is Out of Reach: Nonprobability Alternatives When Engaging in Public Administration Research. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 25(3), 314-342.
Rivera, Jason D. (2018). Relying on Faith-Based Organizations for Tangible Assistance in Times of Disaster: Exploring the Influence of Bonding Social Capital. Sociological Spectrum, 38(1), 39-50.
Rivera, Jason D. (2016). Organizational Structure and Collaboration: Emergency Management Agencies and their Choice to Work with Voluntary Organizations in Planning. Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, 7(4), 160-175.
Rivera, Jason D. (2016). Representative Bureaucracy, Street-Level Bureaucrats, and Bureaucratic Discretion in Federal Disaster Assistance. Journal of Public Policy Management & Social Policy, 23(2), Article 2.
Rivera, Jason David and Zachary David Wood (2016). Disaster relief volunteerism: Evaluating cities' planning for the usage and management of spontaneous volunteers. Journal of Emergency Management, 14(2), 127-138.
Peer Reviewed Book Chapters
Jason D. Rivera and Alice Fothergill. (2021). Studying Vulnerable Populations in Disaster. In J.D. Rivera (Ed.). Disaster and Emergency Management Methods: Social Science Approaches in Application (pp. 85-102). New York, NY: Routledge.
Jason D. Rivera (2021). Introduction: Engaging in Research in the Disaster and Emergency Management Contexts. In J.D. Rivera (Ed.). Disaster and Emergency Management Methods: Social Science Approaches in Application (pp. 1-7). New York, NY: Routledge.
Rivera, Jason D. (2019). Bounded Rationality and Federal Disaster Recovery Information: Understanding Why Access to Information Matters. In B. Kar and D. Cochran (Eds). Understanding the Roles of Risk Communication in Community Resilience Building (pp. 16-34). New York, NY: Routledge.
Rivera, Jason D. (2019). Reliance on Government in Times of Disaster: Exploring the Influence of Bonding Social Capital in the United States. In F. Edwards (Ed.). Housing Recovery After Disasters, (pp. 61-100). New York, NY: Routledge
Rivera, Jason D. and Ashley E. Nickels. (2018). Democratizing Community Development Policy and Administration. In A.E. Nickels and J.D. Rivera (Eds), Community Development and Public Administration: Empowering Communities through the Enhancement of Democratic Principles, (pp. 1-24). New York, NY: Routledge.
Soni, Suparna and Jason D. Rivera. (2018). The Impact of Microfinance Programs on PoliticalParticipation: A Study of Rural Indian Women. In A.E. Nickels and J.D. Rivera (Eds), Community Development and Public Administration: Empowering Communities through the Enhancement of Democratic Principles, (pp. 149-167). New York, NY: Routledge.
Rivera, Jason D. and Ashley E. Nickels. (2017). Social Capital, Community Resilience, and Faith-Based Organizations in Disaster Recovery: A Case Study of Mary Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church. In Haley Murphy and Scott Robinson (Eds.) Nonprofit Organizations and Disaster (pp. 87-132). Washington, DC: Westphalia Press.
Rivera, Jason D. (2017). Accessing Disaster Recovery Resource Information: Reliance on Social Capital in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In Michèle Companion and Miriam Chaiken (Eds.). Responses to Disasters and Climate Change: Understanding Vulnerability and Fostering Resilience (pp. 60-70). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Racial Equity in Community Recovery: CBOs, NGOs, and Government Collaboration. Racial Justice Research Dialogues: Disaster Recovery. John Jay College of Criminal Justice. November 1, 2021. Virtual Panel Discussion.
Critical Theory Applications. West Chester University, PPA Speaker Series. October 27, 2021. Virtual Discussion.
Field Notes at State and Local Government Review (SLGR). Hosted by the co-editors of SLGR, Dr. Kimberly Nelson and Dr. Eric Zimmering. Webinar. October 11, 2021. Virtual Discussion.
Exploring COVID-19 Inequities Among Black and Latinx Populations in the US: Critical Race Theory Perspectives. American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Pandemic Taskforce Webinar. September 30, 2021. Virtual Panel Discussion.
Expanding Diversity for an Equitable and Inclusive Workforce. Panelist for the 46th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop (July 11-14, 2021). Boulder, CO (Virtual).
Dismantling White Supremacy in Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness: Part 6 of DSJ’s Dismantling White Supremacy Webinar Series. Hosted by the Democracy and Social Justice Section (DSJ) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). November 18, 2020. Virtual Panel Discussion.
Disaster Preparedness. Family & Communty Focus SUNY Buffalo State. Collaborative Research Initative, Institute for Community Health Promotion. November 5, 2018.
Accessing Disaster Recovery Resource Information: Reliance on Social Capital in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropolgy. Santa Fe, NM. March 2017.
2021 - Excellence in Public Administration Education for the Year 2021, This award is presented by the executive board of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Buffalo Niagara Chapter to recognize a "higher education student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, or organization that has demonstrated scholarship and leadership in public administration or a closely related field of study or has made a noteworthy contribution to the education of public administrators or made a significant contribution to advancing the public administration field of education."
2020 - State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity for academic year 2019-2020, This SUNY-wide competitive award recognizes achievements in scholarship across a recipient’s career.
2017 & 2019 - William Petak Award, Best Conference Paper on an emergency management topic delivered at the 2017 & 2019 ASPA Meetings, Awarded by the Section on Emergency and Crisis Management (SECM)
2016 - American Society for Public Admnistration, Founders Fellow
2009/2010 - American Political Science Association, Minority Fellow
2008 - The Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award, Granted by the Mid-South Sociological Association for the co-authored book Hurricane Katrina and the Redefinition of Landscape
2006 - Inclusion into The Historic New Orleans Collection, Kemper and Leila Williams Foundation for DeMond S. Miller & Jason D. Rivera. (2006). “Hallowed Ground, Place and Culture: The Cemetery and the Creation of Place.” Space and Culture. 9(4) pp. 1-17.
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