Amy K. Donahue


Department of Public Policy


B.A., Princeton University, Geological and Geophysical Sciences, 1989
M.P.A., The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 1996
Ph.D., The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, Public Administration, 2000

Teaching & Research Interests

Public policy analysis
Public finance
Public and nonprofit organizations and management
Intergovernmental and cross-sector relations
Disaster policy and emergency management


University of Connecticut
Disaster Risk Perception, Preferences, and Preparedness Project
Risk Perceptions and Preparedness, Vol. 1: Citizens (2009)
Risk Perceptions and Preparedness, Vol. 2: Local Officials (2010)
Risk Perceptions and Preparedness, Vol. 3: Citizens (2011)

Dr. Amy K. Donahue

Dr. Amy Donahue, Professor, has been a member of the University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy faculty since 2000. As a social scientist, Dr. Donahue’s research focuses on the productivity of emergency services organizations and on citizen disaster preparedness.

Dr. Donahue formerly served as Vice Provost for Academic Operations for the University of Connecticut where she was responsible for workforce management, labor-­management relations, financial resource oversight, capital planning, operational decision-­making, and crisis planning for an academic enterprise that includes fourteen schools and colleges and five regional campuses.

Previously Dr. Donahue served as advisor to the Chancellor of Louisiana State University immediately following Hurricane Katrina, and was the founding director of the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, a research institute at Louisiana State University focused on the challenges of managing large disaster responses. From 2002-­2004, on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment, Dr. Donahue was Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Homeland Security at NASA. She was the agency’s liaison to the Department of Homeland Security and the Homeland Security Council, and was responsible for identifying opportunities for NASA to contribute to homeland security efforts across government. From 2004-­2007, Dr. Donahue served on the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, a Congressionally mandated body that advises NASA on safety issues. In 2003, she had a major leadership role in the response to the crash of space shuttle Columbia.

Dr. Donahue has served on numerous panels and task forces for agencies and organizations agencies including the Veterans Benefits Administration, the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and National Mining Association. Most of her service focuses on improving safety, preparedness, and emergency response in a variety of settings. She has served as a technical advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on various projects helping to develop research and development programs to meet the technological needs of emergency responders.

As a Distinguished Military Graduate of Princeton’s Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1989, she began her career serving in the U.S. Army on active duty for four years in the 6th Infantry
Division, rising to the rank of Captain. Her military assignments included serving as an Officer in Charge of a Forward Surgical Team, as the training and operations Officer (S3) for the 706th Main Support Battalion, and as Chief of Mobilization, Education, Training, and Security for Bassett Army Hospital. She moved on to manage a 911 communications center, and to work as a firefighter and emergency medical technician in Fairbanks, Alaska and upstate New York.

Dr. Donahue holds her Ph.D. in Public Administration and her M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her B.A. from Princeton University is in
Geological and Geophysical Sciences. She was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2011.

Amy Donahue
Contact Information
Phone(959) 200-3852
Fax(860) 246-0334
Curriculum Vitae CV - Donahue, Amy (2019-05)
Office LocationHartford Times Building, Room 422
CampusHartford Campus