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Ann-Margaret Esnard


Ann-Margaret Esnard is professor of Public Management and Policy, hired at Georgia State University in 2013 during the third phase of the University’s Second Century Initiative, and as part of the cluster on “Shaping the Future of Cities.” Prior to joining GSU, Esnard held tenure appointments in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University and in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University.

Esnard’s expertise encompasses urban planning, disaster planning, hazard and vulnerability assessment, and GIS/spatial analysis. She has been involved in a number of related research initiatives, including National Science Foundation funded projects on topics of population displacement from catastrophic disasters, long-term recovery, and  transboundary impacts of the 2010 Haiti earthquake disaster. She is the coauthor of the book “Displaced by Disasters: Recovery and Resilience in a Globalizing World” published in 2014 by Routledge Press.

Esnard has served on a number of local, state and national committee including: the Steering Committee for Evaluation of the National Flood Insurance Program, the Disasters Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences; the National Research Council’s committee on Private-Public Sector Collaboration to Enhance Community Disaster Resilience, and the State of Florida Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning initiative. She holds degrees in Agricultural Engineering (B.Sc., University of the West Indies-Trinidad), Agronomy and Soils (M.S., University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez) and Regional Planning (Ph.D., UMASS-Amherst). She also completed a two year post-doc at UNC-Chapel Hill.