Jason Enia is chair and associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Sam Houston State University. He is the founding and current director of SHSU’s Center for the Study of Disasters & Emergency Management (CDEM).
Enia’s research explores the politics of preventing and mitigating low probability, high impact events, specifically nuclear weapons proliferation and large natural disasters. Many assume the potentially huge and negative consequences of these events make the politics different – or should make them different they’re not already. Enia’s research dispels these myths using the theories and tools of political economy, focusing on the way institutions structure the political incentives on these issues. Contrary to what many assume, the politics that underpin these extraordinary issues are often very ordinary.
Enia holds a Ph.D. in Politics & International Relations from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University (NY), and a B.A. in Political Science & Economics from the University of Dayton (OH). His research has been published in Review of International Studies, The Nonproliferation Review, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, and The Social Science Journal among others. In 2012, he was featured in the Council on Foreign Relations’ Educators Bulletin.