Alex Greer

Assistant Professor


Contact Information

215 Murray Hall
(405) 744-2206    

Research Interests

Disaster Recovery
Risk Perception
Oil Spill Policy
Issue Framing
Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2015

Alex Greer, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Oklahoma State University. He received his B.S. in Sociology and Geology from East Tennessee State University in 2010, his M.S. in Disaster Science and Management from the University of Delaware in 2012, and his PhD in Disaster Science and Management from the University of Delaware in 2015. During his time at the University of Delaware, Alex worked as a Research Assistant at the Disaster Research Center, during which time he was recognized as a University Graduate Fellow in 2012 and was the recipient of the Marvin B. Sussman Prize for his dissertation in 2015. Alex currently teaches in the Fire and Emergency Management Program, primarily focusing on the four phases of emergency management.


Alex conducts interdisciplinary, mixed methods research on a number of elements of disaster science. Recent projects focused on: the relationship between issue framing and oil spill policy, household residential decision-making following disasters and the role infrastructure plays in this process, archival disaster research on mental health response, and the development of a community resilience index. Alex has engaged in quick response fieldwork after a number of events, including the Moore tornado of 2013, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

Recent Publications

    • Greer, Alex and Sherri Brokopp-Binder. 2017. A Historical Assessment of Home Buyout Policy: Are We Learning or Just Failing? Housing Policy Debate, 27, 3, 372-392.
    • Brokopp, Sherri Binder and Alex Greer. 2016. The Devil is in the Details: Linking Home Buyout Policy, Practice, and Experience After Hurricane Sandy. Politics and Governance, 4, 4, 97-106.
    • Greer, Alex and Eric Best. 2016. “Size Doesn’t Matter: The Complicated Relationship Between National Offshore Oil Spill Events, Framing, and Policy.” International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 34, 1, 25-46.
    • Greer, Alex. 2012. “Earthquake Preparedness and Response: A Comparison of the United States and Japan.” Leadership and Management in Engineering, 12 (3), 111-125.