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Russell R. Dynes is Founding Director, Disaster Research Center (DRC),
Department of Sociology, University of Delaware, U.S.A. He received his
B.A. and M.A. from the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. from The
Ohio State University. (He has served as Chair of the Department of Sociology
at The Ohio State University and the University of Delaware.) From
1977-82, he was Executive Officer, American Sociological Association in
Washington, DC. From 1976-79, he chaired the Committee on International
Disaster Assistance, National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council
and in 1979 he served as head of the Task Force on Emergency Preparedness
and Response for the President’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile
Island. From 1986-90, he served as President, Research Committee on Disasters,
International Sociological Association. He has been a Fulbright lecturer
in Egypt, India and Thailand, as well as a Visiting Professor at University
College, Cardiff. He is author or editor of ten books, including Organized
Behavior in Disaster. Sociology of Disaster and Disasters Collective Behavior
and Social Organization and well over 100 articles, many on disaster related
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