Promoted to Professor
Department of Political Science
Daniel Aldrich received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in 2005 and, after working at Tulane University as an assistant professor, a research fellow at the Program on US-Japan Program, and an Abe Fellow at the University of Tokyo, joined Purdue in 2008. His specialties involve social capital, controversial facilities, and resilience in post-disaster situations.
Aldrich has published four books, single-authoring Site Fights (Cornell University Press, 2008) and Building Resilience (University of Chicago Press, 2012) which won the Japan NPO Research Association Award for Outstanding Book; both were translated into Japanese and the latter into Chinese as well. He co-authored and co-edited the books Resilience and Recovery in Asian Disasters: Community Ties, Market Mechanisms, and Governance (Springer Publishers, 2014) and Healthy, Resilient and Sustainable Communities after Disasters (Institute of Medicine / National Academy of Sciences, forthcoming). He has also published thirty peer reviewed articles in journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Public Administration Review, British Journal of Political Science, Natural Hazards and the Journal of Asian Studies along with 20 book chapters and OpEds in the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post, and the Asahi Shinbun.
Aldrich is Chair of the American Political Science Association’s Working Group on Disasters and Crises and sits on the editorial board of several journals. He has won, among other awards, two Fulbright fellowships, an Abe Fellowship, an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology fellowship, the Kinley Trust Fellowship, and the Pi Sigma Alpha Best Professor Award (2011).