Hugh Gladwin's undergraduate studies were in philosophy at the Catholic University of America and he studied linguistics, cognitive anthropology, and computer data analysis for the Ph.D. in Anthropology he received from Stanford University in 1970. He has done field work in Ghana, Mexico and the United States. He worked at the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico and the University of California, Irvine, before joining the Department of Sociology and Anthropology (now Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies ) at Florida International University (FIU) in 1981.
In 1984 Gladwin joined J. Arthur Heise in directing the Institute for Public Opinion Research (IPOR) which Heise had founded the year before. Together they developed IPOR into a survey research center which has greatly assisted getting the voice of the public heard in Florida policy issues and has been a major support to research at FIU. IPOR is an institute at FIU in the School of Environment, Art, and Society, College of Arts and Sciences. IPOR provides survey research and evaluation services to all FIU units and many clients outside FIU in universities, government, and the private sector.
Since IPOR was founded FIU has received over $10M of research grants for projects that are based on IPOR survey research.
Since Hurricane Andrew in 1992 Gladwin has been engaged in research on disasters and human/nature interactions and has been PI or Co-PI of seven NSF-funded projects in this area. He is a contributor to and co-editor of the book Hurricane Andrew: Ethnicity, Gender and the Sociology of Disasters which was published in 1997 by Routledge. In 2006 Gladwin joined the the Human Dimensions Group of the Florida Coastal Everglades NSF Long Term Ecological Research Site as a researcher studying urban effects on ecosystem resiliency. He is also a appointed member of the Miami-Dade Climate Change Advisory Task Force.
In addition to directing IPOR, Gladwin has continued four long-term research interests to the extent that his time has allowed:
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