Ray H. Chang

Assistant Professor


Contact Information

237 Murray Hall
(405) 744-5590

Research Interests

Disaster Management Policies
Firefighting Strategies & Tactics
Disaster Response Organizations &   Systems
Disaster Response Organization   Administration
Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2015

Dr. Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang is an assistant professor in the department of political science at the Oklahoma State University. Dr. Chang spent six years in the New Taipei City Fire Department in Taiwan as a fire battalion captain. He was in charge of developing emergency plans for a 13-kilometer tunnel (the longest tunnel in Taiwan) and organizing an urban search and rescue team. Dr. Chang also wrote several chapters of the 2005 Taiwan National Firefighter’s Handbook.

Dr. Chang earned his Ph.D. from University of Delaware in Disaster Science and Management, and his master’s degree from Arizona State University in fire service administration. During his studies in Arizona, he spent a year working with the Phoenix Fire Department to develop technology to locate new fire stations and collecting and analyzing data from major disaster drills.

Dr. Chang is interested in disaster response and his doctoral dissertation focuses on the Incident Command System. His goal is to develop the theoretical foundation for the ICS that incorporates his experience from Taiwanese and American fire departments and strengthens the practical applications of this system. Dr. Chang hopes his practical background and postgraduate studies will bridge the gap between academics and practitioners in the future and believes his Asian heritage and cross-cultural training will benefit disaster management systems in the United States and around the world.    

Recent Publications

    • Chang, H.  2017. A literature review and analysis of the Incident Command System. International Journal of Emergency Management (IJEM), 13, 1, 50-66.
    • Chang, H. Forthcoming (2016).  The limitations of using the American Incident Command System. Chinese Journal of Risk, Disaster & Crisis Research