Michelle Ritchie

Institute for Disaster Management, Health Policy & Management,
Assistant Professor

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Institute for Disaster Management, Health Policy & Management,

Ms. Michelle Ritchie is anAssistant Professor at the University of Georgia’s Institute for Disaster Management and the Department of Health Policy & Management in the College of Public Health. In the years prior to this position, Ms. Ritchie served as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Disaster Management Program where she taught graduate courses on hazard mitigation and the socio-cultural aspects of emergency management.

Ms. Ritchie is also a Dual Ph.D. Candidate in Geography and Climate Science at Penn State’s Department of Geography in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Her dissertation research models the processes supporting household adaptation in social-ecological systems undergoing rapid environmental change, particularly as they relate to ecosystem services and sense of place.

Education
  • Dual Ph.D. in Geography and Climate Science, Department of Geography, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, EXPECTED SPRING 2021
  • Master of Arts in Geography, Department of Geography, Harper College of Arts and Sciences, Binghamton University, 2017, focus in environmental resource management
  • Certificate in Watershed Studies and Management, Department of Geography, Harper College of Arts and Sciences, 2017
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography, Department of Geography, College of Arts and Sciences, Southern Connecticut State University, 2015 minor in environmental studies
Areas of Expertise

Research: social-ecological systems modeling, coastal vulnerability and resiliency, climate change adaptation and mitigation

Teaching: emergency and disaster management, human-environment geography, environmental studies

Course Instruction
  • HPAM 3750: How to Survive the Apocalypse
  • DMAN 3200: Disaster Policy
  • DMAN 7450: Disasters & GIS (upcoming!)