DeeDee Bennett Gayle

DeeDee Bennett Gayle

Associate Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security



PhD, Fire and Emergency Management, Oklahoma State University 

MS, Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology 

BS, Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 

DeeDee Bennett Gayle

Dr. Bennett Gayle is an Associate Professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She is also the director of the Extreme Events, Social Equity, and Technology Laboratory at CEHC. Her research interests include emergency management, marginalized populations during disasters, emergency communications, disaster policy, and mobile wireless communications.

She has secured several research grants and contracts, including from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With over 60 publications, Dr. Bennett Gayle's work is published in various journals, and she has presented at several conferences related to emergency management, disability, wireless technology, and future studies. She is co-editor of the edited book volume Social Vulnerability to COVID-19: Impacts of Technology Adoption and Information Behavior and co-author of the book Empowered or Left Behind: The Use of Technology During COVID-19. She was selected as one of the 2023 Ocean Decade Champions by NSF and the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation for research on marginalized populations. She is also a co-author on five Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulatory filings. many of which were cited in rulemakings.

Dr. Bennett Gayle received her Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in Fire and Emergency Management. She has a unique academic background having received both her M.S. in Public Policy and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is an Advisory Board Member for the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM).   


CEHC Courses Taught 

CEHC 101 Introduction to Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity

CEHC 299 Exploring Crises Management with Popular Culture Cinema

CEHC 345 Leadership and Ethics in EHC

CEHC 398 Field Experience in EHC

EMH 401/405 Recovery and Mitigation

CEHC 495 Special Topics: Justice, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI)

CING 721 Information and Security


Research Interests

Emergency Management; Socially Vulnerable Populations during Disasters; Emergency Communications, Disaster Policy, Mobile Wireless Communications