Ph.D., Disaster Science & Management, University of Delaware
M.A., International Development, American University
B.A., Political Science, University of Central Florida
Emergency management policy, collective behavior in disaster (household preparedness, evacuation, and sheltering), community resilience, risk communication, disaster research ethics, social vulnerability, environmental justice, disaster mythology
Louis-Charles conducts applied and theoretical research focused on human and organizational behavior in disaster for better-informed policy and practice in the field of emergency management. Louis-Charles’ research on ethical post-disaster fieldwork was selected for the opening plenary of the 2020 International Researcher Committee on Disasters-Researchers Meeting held in conjunction with the 45th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop. Louis-Charles was the Co-Pi of the National Science Foundation INCLUDES project- Minority SURGE Capacity in Disasters, which mobilized underrepresented STEM graduate scholars towards disaster recovery efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands following the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.
Louis-Charles is a Founding Fellow and the current Vice President of the William A. Anderson Fund, a non-profit that mentors underrepresented doctoral students within the academic disciplines relevant to hazard mitigation and disaster risk reduction.
Louis-Charles, H. M., Aguirre, B., & Kitnurse, J. (In Press). The Aftermath of IrMaria in the U.S. Virgin Islands: Temporal Patterns of Looting, Burglaries, and Community Solidarity. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters
Louis-Charles, H. M., Howard, R., Remy, L., Nibbs, F., & Turner, G. (2020). Ethical Considerations for Post-Disaster Fieldwork and Data Collection in the Caribbean. American Behavioral Scientist, 64(8):1129-1144. doi:10.1177/0002764220938113
Teron, L., Louis-Charles, H. M., Nibbs, F., & Uppalapati, S. S. (2019). Establishing a Toxics Mobility Inventory for Climate Change and Pollution. Sustainability: The Journal of Record, 12(4), 226-234. doi: http://doi.org/10.1089/sus.2019.0003
Martins, V., Louis-Charles, H., Nigg, J., Kendra, J., & Sisco, S. (2018). Household Disaster Preparedness in New York City before Superstorm Sandy: Findings and Recommendations. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 15(4). doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/jhsem-2017-0002
Louis-Charles, H. M., & Teron, L. (2017). Environmental Migration, Public Perception, and Immigration Policy: Examining the Hidden Environmental Toll of Terror Hysteria. Environmental Justice, 10(6), 181-185. doi: http://doi.org/10.1089/env.2017.0012