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Christopher Ellis

Graduate Student

Christopher Ellis

Educational Background

Master of Military Art and Science: Operational Art and Science. School of Advanced Military Studies, 2016. Monograph: Personal Disaster Preparedness Levels in the National Guard.

Master of Military Art and Science: Conflict Security and Development. Command and General Staff College, 2013. Thesis: Where Are We? Finding a Start Point on the Ethical Map.

Master of Public Administration. University of Kansas, 2010.

Bachelor of Science: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. University of Washington, 1999.

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Overview

I am interested in the various facets of disaster preparedness from all threats and hazards: pandemics, hurricanes, earthquakes, solar flares, nuclear detonations, overpopulation, economic collapse, cyber-attacks, and many others.  I take an eclectic approach to the subject via political science, public administration, law, US military doctrine, and risk studies (like those from Nassim Taleb), as well as the natural sciences.  I am primarily concerned with the concept of resiliency, especially at the individual level and the myriad actions people take to reduce or mitigate their vulnerability.  I believe this research is assistive to a broad swath of disciplines and government planning efforts.  Whereas the bulk of research in this field is on disaster response, I focus on ex ante actions. 

My current projects include the following: 1) quantifying the phenomenon of “prepping” both in America and internationally, 2) theorizing about the same in regards to various motivations of these individuals.  3) In future endeavors I hope to look at government actions that assist citizens into lifestyles of increased resilience.

Keywords

Large Scale Man-Made and Natural Disaster Mitigation and Planning, Resiliency, Civil Defense, National and International Preppers and Prepping

Departments/Programs

  • Government

Research

Large Scale Man-Made and Natural Diaster Mitigation and Planning, Resiliency, Civil Defense, National and International Preppers and Prepping