Thomas A. Birkland

WIlliam T. Kretzer Professor of Public Policy

School of Public and International Affairs

Associate Dean

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

North Carolina State University

Box 8102

Raleigh, NC 27695

street address for couriers (UPS, FEDEX, DHL)

Withers 332

Raleigh, NC 27695

919.513.1834 (p)



I joined the faculty of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at NCSU in August 2007. I am very excited to be at North Carolina State, and to share my teaching and research interests.

Important note:


On January 1, 2011, I began service as Associate Dean for Research, Extension, and Economic Development (REEED) in NCSU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS). My office is now in Withers 332, and my phone there is 919-513-1834.

Please browse my website for information about my teaching, research, and service activities at NC State and in the profession. As this site evolves, you will also see useful links to general interest news and to more specialized sources that you might find interesting. I particularly welcome potential graduate students with an interest in studying extreme events from a political science and public policy approach.

News and Recent Activity

Call for manuscripts! We are seeking manuscripts for our book series, Enviornmental Hazards, published by Springer. Please click here for a flyer on the series, with instructions on how to submit a proposal or manuscript!

November 13, 2009: I have posted many of my publications in a shared web folder available here. However, copyright restrictions require that this folder be password protected. To read these articles, please email me to request a password.

November 9, 2009: I wrote an invited comment in the Natural Hazard Observer on "Advancing FEMA in the post-9/11 World."

November 3, 2009: In the last year, I've published various op-ed pieces on the North Carolina Beach Plan (an insurance system), on Craig Fugate's nomination to run FEMA, and on Elinor Ostrom's Nobel Prize.

November 2, 2009: Slides on a short presentation on grant seeking are available in PDF format here.