Author Biography

Dr. Magdalena Denham is a Professor of Practice at Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice, Department of Security Studies. Her research on homeland security and emergency management (HSEM) focuses on social and organizational impacts of disasters and on emergency response. She has worked with vulnerable populations in pre-disaster and post-disaster contexts and conducted extensive post-hurricane field research. She has published mixed methods and qualitative studies in school policing, emergency management and response, homeland security policy, homeland security education, community engagement, leadership, and HSEM policy. Her recent focus has been on public health within disaster response to include the role of healthcare coalitions in health preparedness and response, crisis communications, and state and regional public health disaster response capabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her prior professional experiences in federal law enforcement and in higher education support her teaching philosophy, grounded in social aspects of learning and collaborative practice.