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Disasters | Emergency Management | Cross-sector Collaboration | Nonprofits | Faith-Based Response

About Me

About Me

Volunteering amidst tornado debris in 2011, I found something I never expected to find in a disaster: passion. As I worked alongside individuals, young and old; met families who had lost everything; and watched individuals face difficult circumstances with joy and hope; my life was changed.

I'm Julie Hagen Elliott and I am a Disaster Science & Management PhD student in the Biden School of Public Policy at the University of Delaware. My research centers on cross-sector collaborations between nonprofits and emergency management agencies. I am also interested in the role faith-based groups in disaster management.

I am not passionate about disasters. I am passionate about the human aspects of disaster: community and unity, joy in pain, hope for the future, and resilience.

I am a former emergency manager, adjunct faculty, and professional writer.

Continue scrolling to learn more about my research projects and professional experience.


I study cross-sectoral collaboration in disaster. I am especially interested in how relationships are built and maintained pre-disaster, and how those relationships impact the success of future collaborations. My primary focus is on the relationships between nonprofit organizations and emergency management agencies, often encapsulated in Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) chapters, whether at the local, state, or national level. Through my research, I want to develop a clearer picture of what promotes or inhibits collaboration, highlighting how we can increase the efficiency and effectiveness of partnership in the future.

My prior work examined the role of Faith-Based Congregations (FBCs) in disaster response. Faith-based response to disaster is still a major interest. 

I am currently an affiliate with the University of Delaware Disaster Research Center where I am working as a member of the Coastal Hazards, Equity, Economic Prosperity & Resilience (CHEER) Hub. In this role, I research household-level experiences -- particularly the experiences of renters and those residing in mobile manufactured homes -- with coastal hazards.


2022 - 2026 (expected)

Doctor of Philosophy

in Disaster Science & Management
University of Delaware

2018 - 2020

Master of Science

in Emergency Management & Disaster Science

Thesis: The Role of Faith-Based Congregations in Disaster Response and Recovery: A Case Study of Katy, TX
University of North Texas

2013 - 2016

Bachelor of Science

in Emergency Administration & Planning
University of North Texas

Work Experience
August 2022 - Present
University of Delaware


August 2023 - Present

Research Assistant
Disaster Research Center
Coastal Hazards, Equity, Economic Prosperity & Resilience (CHEER) HubC

January 2023 - March 2023

Office of Emergency Management Student Assistant

University of Delaware Office of Emergency Management

August 2022 - May 2023

Teaching Assistant for the Master of Science in Disaster Science & Management Program

University of Delaware, School of Public Policy and Administration

March 2019 - August 2022
University of North Texas


October 2021 - August 2022

Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity Manager

Risk Management Services

March 2019 - October 2021

Emergency Management Coordinator

Risk Management Services

Publications & Presentations

Journal Articles

Elliott, J.H. & Webb, G.R. (in press). Moved to partner: A case study of faith-based congregations in disaster response. Journal of Emergency Management.

Book Reviews

Elliott, J.H. (in press). Review of Unnatural Disasters: Why Most Responses to Risk and Climate Change Fail but Some Succeed by G. Lizarralde. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters. 


Elliott, J.H. (2022). Moved to partner: Faith-based groups in disaster response. Texas Emergency Management Conference. 

Elliott, J.H. & Webb, G.R. (2021). The Role of Faith-Based Congregations in Disaster Response & Recovery. PRIMR 2021 @ Texas A&M. 

Elliott, J.H. & Webb, G.R. (2021). The Role of Faith-Based Congregations in Disaster Response & Recovery. Emergency Management Association of Texas Symposium. 


Elliott, J.H. (2021). Now is time to prepare for severe weather. The Weather Channel. Live Interview. Link.

Teaching Experience

University of North Texas, Denton, TX
EADP 3010 Principles of Emergency Management
Fall 2021, Spring 2022


Get in Touch

Want to know more about my research or experience? Want to discuss opportunities for collaboration? Let's chat!

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