Research Projects

FEMA Outreach table in Fayetteville, NC, 2019. Photo by Amanda J. Reinke.

Legal Aid in Disaster Aftermaths (2020-Present)

Graduate Assistant: Ms. Nicole Bevilacqua (Kennesaw State University)

Research Goals/Objectives:

  • Identify the ways in which disaster lawyers navigate unclear evidentiary standards

  • Examine how disaster law practitioners cope with the professional and personal stressors of their work

Tornado damage, Cookeville, TN, 2020. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

Disaster Preparedness and Risk Perception among Stakeholders in Tennessee (2020-Present)

Collaborators: Dr. Jaymelee J. Kim (University of Findlay), Dr. Erin R. Eldridge (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)

Local Agency Collaboration: Putnam County Emergency Operations Center

Graduate Assistant: Ms. Nicole Bevilacqua (Kennesaw State University)

Research Goals/Objectives:

  • Identify disaster preparedness and risk perception in rural communities

  • Examine how intersecting stakeholder goals and perceptions influence preparedness and response

Funding:

  • Natural Hazards Center, $6,875.52

  • Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kennesaw State University, $4,549

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Dungeons and Dragons as a Pedagogical Tool in the Conflict Management Classroom (2020-Present)

Collaborator: Mr. Cody Wehlan (Kennesaw State University)

Research Goals/Objectives:

  • Understand perceived utility and efficacy of fantastical simulations for adult learning

  • Analyze graduate student perceptions of Dungeons and Dragons as a learning tool via focus groups and reflection essays

Supporting Organization: Kennesaw State University Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Scholars Program

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Student Disaster Preparedness (2020-Present)

Collaborator: Dr. Amanda Wolfe (Kennesaw State University)

Research Goals/Objectives:

  • Investigate disaster preparedness among Kennesaw State University students

  • Examine disaster risk awareness among university students

Motel damage, Spring Lake, NC, 2019. Photo by Amanda J. Reinke.

Recovery and Relief Efforts in Post-Hurricane North Carolina (2018-2020)

Collaborators: Dr. Erin R. Eldridge (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)

Local Agency Collaboration: Cumberland Disaster Recovery Coalition

Graduate Assistants: Ms. Maya Grant (Kennesaw State University), Ms. Tavia Harrison (Kennesaw State University)

Research Goals/Objectives:

  • Investigate hurricane recovery efforts in post-Hurricane Florence North Carolina

  • Examine how bureaucracy and administrative processes help or hinder recovery efforts

Guest lecture at Georgia College in a global learning course, Milledgeville, GA, 2020. Photo courtesy of Mark Rochelo.

Global Perspectives in the Core: Faculty and Student Attitudes and Perceptions (2018-2019)

Collaborator: Dr. Scott M. Butler (Georgia College)

Research Goals/Objectives:

  • Analyze student attitudes and perceptions of global learning and the university-wide curricular requirement for global learning in the sophomore year.

  • Investigate faculty attitudes and perceptions of global learning as well as obstacles and opportunities created by the curricular requirement.

Funding:

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant (Georgia College), $2,075

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Policy-Driven Restorative Justice Implementation in Virginia (2016-2017)

Local Agency Collaboration: Virginia Center for Restorative Justice

Research Goals/Objectives:

  • Explore the implementation of restorative justice for juveniles in conflict with law in northern Virginia

  • Examine the potentiality of RJ as part of the formal legal system in Virginia

Funding:

  • Faculty Research Grant (Georgia College), $1,201

  • Paul D. Coverdell Public Policy Fellowship (Georgia College), $2,000

"Evict Google" mural in Clarion Alley, San Francisco, CA, 2015. Photo by Amanda J. Reinke.

Community Mediation and Restorative Justice as Agents of Social Justice in the San Francisco Bay Area (2014-2015)

Local Agency Collaborator: San Francisco Community Boards

Research Goals/Objectives:

  • Investigate the potentiality of CMCs and RJ to address widespread displacement

  • Explore practitioners' beliefs about how their practices interlocks with social justice efforts/initiatives

Funding:

  • Yates Dissertation Fellowship (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), $15,000

  • Thomas Family Fellowship (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), $10,000

Uganda Field Research

Field work on land conflicts in northern Uganda, 2013. Photo by Amanda J. Reinke

Participatory Action Research with the Centre for Reparations and Rehabilitation in Northern Uganda (2013)

Collaborator: Mr. Justin Hendrix (University of Memphis)

Local Agency Collaboration: Centre for Reparations and Rehabilitation

Research Goals/Objectives:

  • Identify the relationships between land conflict, economic violence, and domestic abuse

Funder:

  • Minority Health International Research and Training Program (NIH), $8,000

  • W.K. McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs (University of Tennessee), $4,000