Brian J. Gerber is an associate professor at the College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Arizona State University, where he is director of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security program. He is also an honorary associate professor at the School of Public Health, University of New South Wales in Australia as well as a senior sustainability scholar with the Julie Ann Wrigley School of Sustainability at ASU.
Gerber received his doctorate from Stony Brook University (SUNY) in 2000. His research specialization areas include disaster policy and management, homeland security policy and administration and environmental regulatory policy and has published such research in a number of academic journals. Prior to arriving at ASU, he served as executive director of the Buechner Institute for Governance at the University of Colorado Denver, as research director for the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at Louisiana State University, was a research associate with West Virginia Universitys Regional Research Institute, was a research fellow with the National Science Foundations Next Generation of Hazards Researchers program and has served as a subject matter expert on a variety of projects. He sits on the executive committee of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, was a five-year member of the Denver Board of Environmental Health, is an editorial board member of the Policy Studies Journal, ofRisk, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy, of Public Integrity and of the Oxford University Press research encyclopedia "Natural Hazard Science." His publications with co-authors received national research article-of-the-year awards in 2008 and 2009.
Gerber has extensive experience performing policy analysis and program evaluation work for state and local government agencies, as well as major national nonprofits engaged in disaster relief and recovery work. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety and the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Prevention and Control, among others.