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Daniel P. Aldrich

Daniel P. Aldrich (born 1974) is an academic in the fields of political science, public policy and Asian studies. He is currently professor of political science and public policy at Northeastern University[1] and was a Fulbright Specialist[2] in Trinidad-Tobago in 2018, a Fulbright research fellow at the University of Tokyo's Economic's Department for the 2012-2013 academic year, and a IIE Fulbright Dissertation Fellow in 2002-2003. His research, prompted in part by his own family's experience of Hurricane Katrina,[3] explores how communities around the world respond to and recover from disaster.

Daniel P. Aldrich
Picture of Daniel P. Aldrich, Aug 2007.jpg
Alma mater
Known forRole of social capital in crisis
AwardsMorehead-Cain Fellowship, FLAS Fellowship, NSF Graduate Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowships (3)
Scientific career
FieldsPolitical science
InstitutionsNortheastern University

Much of Aldrich's research has explored the interaction between social networks, public policy, and the environment.[4] His research interests include comparative politics, nuclear power, disaster recovery,[5] and countering violent extremism.[6] One of his main contributions has been the argument that social capital serves as the critical engine for post-disaster recovery and that these ties are more important than factors such as damage from the event, wealth, or investment in physical infrastructure.[7] His work has been cited by organizations such as Facebook, the Red Cross, NYC Emergency Management, the Legal Services Corporation, and the City Club of Portland in their focus on the role of social ties during disaster.[8][9][10][11] [12]He has also worked extensively on interactions between civil society, social networks, and the state, especially in the siting of controversial facilities.[citation needed]

Aldrich's earlier research focused on Japan's nuclear power program. He has been interviewed extensively in the press as an expert on this subject.[13][14][15][16]

Early life and educationEdit

Aldrich, after graduating from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics [17] completed his B.A. (1996) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar (highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa).[18] He earned an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998 and then received his M.A. (2001) and Ph.D. (2005) from the Government Department at Harvard University.


In 2005 Aldrich became assistant professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, but the university was suspended for the Fall semester because of Hurricane Katrina. He resumed at Tulane in Spring 2006, and then became an Advanced Research Fellow at Harvard University's Program on U.S.-Japan Relations in the fall of 2006.

In the Fall of 2007 he became an Abe Research Professor at the University of Tokyo where he researched the role of social networks in disaster recovery.[19] In the fall of 2008 he began work as an assistant professor of political science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.[20]

He earned tenure in the spring of 2011, and then went on leave from Purdue, heading first to the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii as a visiting fellow, and then to become a Science and Technology Fellow through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).[21]

In the fall of 2012 he moved to Tokyo, Japan on a Fulbright research fellowship to study the recovery from the 3/11 compound disaster in Tohoku, Japan.[22] He returned to Purdue in the fall of 2013, becoming full professor in the spring of 2015.

Selected worksEdit

Aldrich is the author or co-author of five books and more than fifty peer-reviewed articles. He has also written news and opinion pieces for various news outlets and magazines.[23]


Selected articlesEdit

  • “The Power of People: Social Capital’s Role in Recovery from the 1995 Kobe Earthquake,” Natural Hazards, Vol. 56 No. 3 2011 pp. 595–611
  • “Strong Civil Society as a Double-Edged Sword: Siting Trailers in Post-Katrina New Orleans,” Political Research Quarterly, Volume 61, No. 3, September 2008, pp. 379–389 (with Kevin Crook)
  • “Fixing Recovery: Social Capital in Post-Crisis Resilience,” Journal of Homeland Security, Volume 6, June 2010, pp. 1– 10
  • “The Externalities of Social Capital: Post-Tsunami Recovery in Southeast India,” Journal of Civil Society, Vol. 8 No. 1 2011 pp. 81–99
  • “Mars and Venus at Twilight: A Critical Investigation of Moralism, Age Effects, and Sex Differences,” Political Psychology, Volume 24, March 2003, pp. 23–40 (with Rieko Kage
  • “Social, Not Physical, Infrastructure: The Critical Role of Civil Society in Disaster Recovery,” Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management Vol. 36 Issue 3 July 2012 pp. 398–419 . Winner, Best Paper Award, APSA Public Policy Section.


  1. ^ "After Catastrophe ". He was previously a full professor of political science at Purdue University The Chronicle Review, Scott Carlson, May 6, 2013
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Katrina Survivor Explains How To Weather Disaster " WLRN, Miami, Sep 20, 2012
  4. ^ Hobson, Christopher (July 2, 2013). "What Role for Nuclear Power in Japan's Future?". The Asia Pacific Journal. 11 (27). Retrieved 2019-09-01.
  5. ^ Root. "Homeland Security Watch".
  6. ^ "Countering Violent Extremism."
  7. ^ "Recovering from disaster: social networks matter more than bottled water and batteries" The Conversation 30 Feb 2017
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  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ [3]
  12. ^ [4]
  13. ^ "Nuclear Street Interview With Dr. Daniel P. Aldrich, Author Of SITE FIGHTS: DIVISIVE FACILITIES AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN JAPAN AND THE WEST".
  14. ^ "The Future of Nuclear Energy in Japan," National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) Expert Interview, 1 August 2011
  15. ^ “Fukushima One Year Later,” National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) Expert Interview, 6 March 2012
  16. ^ "In Japan, a Culture That Promotes Nuclear Dependency". New York Times, By MARTIN FACKLER and NORIMITSU ONISHIMAY 30, 2011
  17. ^ "Why I Give: Steven Aldrich ‘87"
  18. ^ "A Conversation with Alumnus Daniel P. Aldrich" Archived 2013-02-22 at the Wayback Machine. UNC Department of Asian Studies Newsletter Fall 2012.
  19. ^ "Abe Fellows 2006-2007".
  20. ^ "Professors await tenure decisions". Purdue Exponent.
  21. ^ "Fellowships".
  22. ^ "Siting for renewables needs bottom-up approach ". The Japan Times, Apr 30, 2013
  23. ^ Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt; Roman Rosenbaum (27 November 2014). Visions of Precarity in Japanese Popular Culture and Literature. Taylor & Francis. pp. 111–. ISBN 978-1-317-61909-3.
  24. ^ "Book Review: Building Resilience: Social Capital in Post-Disaster Recovery". International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters. August 2013 (VOL. 31, NO. 2
  25. ^ "Fukushima, Indian Point and Fantasy". New York Times. By PETER APPLEBOMEMARCH 20, 2011
  26. ^ Dobson, Hugo. "Book Review: GOVERNMENTS AND THEORIES OF GOVERNANCE Daniel P. Aldrich, Site Fights: Divisive Facilities and Civil Society in Japan and the West". Millennium Journal of Asian Studies.

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