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Joseph Harris

Joseph Harris

Assistant Professor

College of Arts and Sciences

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2857
Office: 410-K Belk Building
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Dr. Joseph “Joey” Harris earned his PhD in Geography with a minor in Disaster Science and Management from Louisiana State University in 2019. His doctoral dissertation focused on the future impacts of subsidence and tropical cyclone storm surge on industrial facilities along the lower Mississippi River industrial corridor. Dr. Harris also earned his MS in Geosciences from East Tennessee State University in 2014 and his BS in Geosciences with a minor in Geographic Information Systems from Austin Peay State University in 2012.<br><br>Prior to joining WCU, Dr. Harris worked as a hazard mitigation analyst for the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at Louisiana State University and as a lab coordinator for the Geoinformatics and Disaster Science Lab at East Tennessee State University.


  • Ph D, Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, Geography

Teaching Interests

Introduction to Emergency & Disaster Management, Social Dimensions of a Disaster, Risk Assessment & Vulnerability Analysis, Weather & Disasters, Humanitarian Response & Disaster Relief, Statistical Analysis in Emergency & Disaster Management

Research Interests

Emergency Management (Preparedness & Mitigation), Hazards (Anthropogenic & Natural), Geospatial Analysis, Spatial Statistics, Mobile Data Technologies (GIS & UAVs), Meteorology & Climatology (Extreme Events & Boundary Layer Meteorology)

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