Dr. N. Emel Ganapati is an Assistant Professor in Public Administration at Florida International University (FIU). She holds a master’s degree in planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. degree in planning from the School of Policy, Planning and Development, University of Southern California in Los Angeles. At FIU, Dr. Ganapati teaches courses on empirical methods, emergency management, policy analysis and public participation. Prior to joining FIU, she taught at the University of Miami and the University of Southern California.

Focusing on disaster recovery at the community level, a topic that has received very little attention in the public administration discipline, Dr. Ganapati’s research deals with issues of vulnerability and resilience (especially emergence and consequences of social capital) and public participation. Dr. Ganapati is the author of 18 publications (13 journal articles and 5 book chapters). Her publications have appeared or been accepted in top journals, including the Public Administration Review, Journal of the American Planning Association, Administration and Society, Disasters, Natural Hazards Review, Natural Hazards, the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, the International Journal of Emergency Services, and Cooperation and Conflict

Dr. Ganapati has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) of several projects (total award amount: $605,718). She received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for two such projects: (1) The Resilient Rural America: Drivers of Speedy and High Quality Recovery Following a Disaster ($359,854); and, (2) Re-Housing Urban Haiti after the Earthquake: The Role of Social Capital ($45,441). She also received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a project entitled Emotional Labor after the Haitian Earthquake: Haitian and International Disaster Relief and Early Recovery Workers in the Rubble ($175,926).

Due to her achievements in research and scholarship, Dr. Ganapati received one of the 2012 university-wide Top Scholar Awards at FIU. Prior to this award, she received two awards for her doctoral dissertation: the 2006 Gill-Chin Lim Award for the Best Dissertation on International Planning (given by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning) and the 2006 Jack Dyck-man Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Planning given by her alma mater, University of Southern California. Furthermore, she was given a community award from the 10th Year Golcuk Earthquake Commemoration Committee due to her contributions to the recovery of Golcuk, the epicenter of the deadly 1999 earthquake in Turkey.