Nnenia Campbell

Natural Hazards Center

Nnenia Campbell is a research associate at the Natural Hazards Center, Deputy Director of the Bill Anderson Fund, and co-founder of the Collaborative for the Social Dimensions of Disasters. She holds BA and MA degrees in sociology from the University of Central Florida and a PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Campbell’s research interests center on the intersections between vulnerability and resilience, particularly within marginalized communities, and the roles that community-based organizations play in supporting disaster response and recovery. She specializes in program evaluation as a means of facilitating evidence-based practice, focusing primarily on disaster preparedness planning and capacity-building activities.

Campbell’s work with the Natural Hazards Center involves projects that translate empirical research into tools and information products designed for practitioners and decision-makers. With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, she leads a project to develop rapid expert consultations related to COVID-19 and concurrent disasters as part of the Societal Experts Action Network Initiative coordinated by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Additionally, she leads the development of flood risk communication materials with a special focus on social vulnerability in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She is also working on several ongoing projects related to disaster planning and response among food banks and other community-based organizations as well as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth and older adults.

Campbell serves as Program Co-Chair of the American Evaluation Association's (AEA) Disaster and Emergency Management Evaluation Topical Interest Group and Chairs the AEA’s Graduation Education Diversity Internship Topical Interest Group.