Louise K. Comfort is Professor and former Director, Center for Disaster Management, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. She is also affiliated faculty with the Policy Lab, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), University of California, Berkeley and Concurrent Professor, School of Government, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, 2019. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, since 2006. She has published seven books, more than 100 research articles in refereed journals, and more than 25 book chapters on public policy, organizational design and
analysis, and decision making under uncertainty. Her current research focuses on the interactive uses of information technology to support collective decision making in urgent events, using early tsunami detection and warning and wildfire evacuation operations as field study contexts.
Her most recent book is The Dynamics of Risk: Changing Technologies and Collective Action in Seismic Events , Princeton University Press, June 2019. She currently serves as Chief Editor, Social Sciences, for the Natural Hazards Review and on the Editorial Boards of Earthquake Spectra, International Journal of Public Management, and Public Organization Review .