Texas A&M University
Maria Watson’s research focuses on the factors impacting community recovery and mitigation and the interdependency among small businesses and households in community resilience. She is particularly interested in the effectiveness of disaster programs and how these programs can be structured to better meet recovery needs. Watson has been a part of multiple interdisciplinary disaster recovery research efforts. She recently received a National Science Foundation grant to lead a research team looking at disparities in nonprofit and business impact and recovery in Beaumont, Texas, Port Arthur, Texas, and Lake Charles, Louisiana after COVID-19 and Hurricanes Laura and Delta.