Eric Stern

Crisis and emergency management, crisis communication, resilience, security studies, executive leadership, foreign policy analysis and political psychology

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Eric Stern

College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Draper Hall 345



Dr. Eric K. Stern is a professor at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cyber-Security at the University at Albany. Dr. Stern holds a Ph D from Stockholm University and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. He has published extensively in the fields of crisis and emergency management, crisis communication, resilience, security studies, executive leadership, foreign policy analysis and political psychology. He is also affiliated with the Swedish National Center for Crisis Management Research and Training at the Swedish Defense University (where he served as Director from 2004-2011) and the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. He is currently serving as Editor-in- Chief of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Crisis Analysis.

Other key areas of interest and expertise include social media and crisis preparedness, post-crisis evaluation and learning, interactive education and instructional design, and case research/teaching methodologies.

In addition to his scholarly work, Professor Stern has collaborated closely with a wide range of US (e.g. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology, FEMA, Coast Guard, and FBI) and foreign (e.g. UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia, Slovenia, and S. Korea among others) government agencies, the European Union, and the OECD on a wide range of applied research and educational-- including training and exercise development--projects.

CEHC Courses Taught

Emergency Preparedness CEHC 344

Leadership & Ethics CEHC 345

CEHC Areas of Expertise

Emergency Preparedness

Relevant Publications

Among his published studies, monographs and edited volumes are The Politics of Crisis Management: Leadership Under Pressure (Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition in 2016 in press, first edition 2005, winner of the American Political Science Association’s 2007 Herbert Simon Award), Designing Crisis Management Exercises for Strategic Leaders (Swedish National Defense College, 2014), From Warning to Sense-making: Identifying and Understanding Strategic Crises (in The Changing Face of Strategic Crisis Management, OECD, 2015), Advice in Crisis (US Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2011), Auckland Unplugged: Coping With Critical Infrastructure Failure (Lexington Books, 2003) and Beyond Groupthink: Political Group Dynamics and Foreign Policymaking (University of Michigan Press, 1997).

He has published numerous articles in leading international academic journals including among others Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, Foreign Policy Analysis, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Journal of Leadership Studies, Government and Opposition, and Governance. Dr. Stern is also a regular contributor to Emergency Management magazine.