Patrick S. Roberts

Patrick S. Roberts

Patrick S. Roberts

Associate Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech, Alexandria, Virginia, (and affiliated faculty in political science, ASPECT social theory graduate program, and Science and Technology Studies), 2012-present.

Visiting Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University,
Newark, NJ. August 2015-May 2016.

Assistant Professor, Center for Public Administration and Policy, School of Public and International Affairs and affiliated faculty, department of political science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg and Alexandria, VA, 2006-2012.

Ghaemian Scholar in Residence, Heidelberg Center for American Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany, September 2010-August 2011.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on Constitutional Government, Department of Government, Harvard University, 2007-08.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University, 2005-06.

Centennial Center Fellow, The American Political Science Association, Washington, DC, 2004-05.
Associate Chair and Program Director for CPAP Northern Virginia Programs, 2012-2015.

Reporter and editor, Associated Press, Albany, New York, 1997-98.
Ph.D., The University of Virginia. Government. 2006.
M. A., Claremont Graduate University. Political Philosophy.
B. A., University of Dallas. Politics and concentration in languages.
Roberts, Patrick S., Kris Wernstedt, Joe Arvai, Kelly Redmond. In Press. “The Emergency Manager as Risk Manager,” chapter in The New Environmental Crisis, editors James Kendra and Scott Knowles (Springer).

Roberts, Patrick S. 2014. “How Well Will the International Atomic Energy Agency Be Able To Safeguard More Nuclear Materials in More States?” in Moving Beyond Pretense: Nuclear Power and Nonproliferation, Henry Sokolski, ed. (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute Publications Office, United States Army War College): 265-302.

Roberts, Patrick S., Robert Ward, and Gary Wamsley. 2014. “Evolution of Emergency Management in America,” Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Practice, Second Edition, ed. Ali Farazmand (Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press), 167-188.

Roberts, Patrick S., Robert Ward, and Gary Wamsley. 2012. “From a Painful Past to an Uncertain Future,” in Emergency Management: The American Experience 1900-2010, ed. Claire Rubin, (Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis), 237-246.

Roberts, Patrick S., Robert Ward, and Gary Wamsley. 2012. “The Evolving Federal Role in Emergency Management: Policy and Processes,” in Emergency Management: The American Experience 1900-2010, ed. Claire Rubin, (Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis), 247-276.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2012. “Homeland Security” in Oxford Encyclopedia of American and Political Legal History, Donald T. Critchlow and Philip R. VanderMeer, ed., (New York: Oxford University Press), 446-448.

Coffey, Andrew and Patrick S. Roberts. 2012. “Disaster Policy” in Oxford Encyclopedia of American and Political Legal History, Donald T. Critchlow and Philip R. VanderMeer, ed., (New York: Oxford University Press), 216-219.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2011. “Homeland Security,” in Governing America: Major Policies and Decisions of Federal, State, and Local Government, ed. William E. Cunion and Paul Quirk. Facts on File Press, 926-937.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2010. “Dispersed Federalism: Regional Governance for Disaster Policy,” in Policy, Performance, and Management in Governance and Intergovernmental Relations: Transatlantic Perspectives, Edoardo Ongaro, Andrew Massey, Marc Holzer and Ellen Wayneberg, eds., (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar), 114-142.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2010. “Private Choices, Public Harms: The Evolution of US National Disaster Agencies,” in Disaster and the Politics of Intervention, ed. Andrew Lakoff (New York: Columbia University Press), 41-69.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2009. “FEMA After Katrina: Redefining Responsiveness,” in Federal Government Reorganization: A Policy and Management Perspective, Beryl A. Radin and Joshua Chanin, eds. (Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett, 2009), 221-224. Originally appeared as “FEMA After Katrina,” Policy Review, June/July 2006.

Wernstedt, Kris, Patrick Roberts, and Matthew Dull. 2009. “Do Long-Term Climate Forecasts Have a Role in Local Emergency Management?,” in Ideas from an Emerging Field: Teaching Emergency Management in Higher Education, Jessica Hubbard, ed., (Fairfax, Va.: Public Entity Risk Institute), 169-196.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2009. “If Prevention Fails: Mitigation as Counterterrorism,” in Jihadists & Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Growing Threat, ed. Jeremy Tamsett (Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press), 309-334.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2008. “Making ‘Risk-Based’ a Reality: Constructing a National Hazards Risk Assessment,” in Emergency Management in Higher Education: Current Practices and Controversies, ed. Jessica Hubbard (Fairfax, Va.: Public Entity Risk Institute), 277-296.

Kirp, David L. and Patrick S. Roberts. 2003. “Mr. Jefferson’s ‘Private’ College: The Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia,” in David L. Kirp, Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education (Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University Press), 130-148.
Roberts, Patrick S. and Robert P. Saldin. In Press. “On a Need Not to Know Basis: Why Presidents Sometimes Do Not Use Intelligence Information.” Political Science Quarterly.

Roberts, Patrick S. and Kris Wernstedt. 2016. “Managing Uncertainty: Using Climate Forecasts Across a State’s Emergency Management Network,” Natural Hazards Review, 7 (3): 05016002-1-11.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2014. “The Forgotten Lessons of Civil Defense for the Homeland Security Era,” Journal of Policy History, special issue on disaster politics in the United States, 26 (3): 345-383.

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Roberts, Patrick S. 2013. “Discrimination in a Disaster Agency's Security Culture.” Administration & Society, 45 (4): 387-419.

Roberts, Patrick S. and Matthew Dull. 2013. “Guarding the Guardians: Oversight
Appointees and the Search for Accountability in U.S. Federal Agencies,” Journal of Policy History, 25 (2): 207-239.

Dull, Matthew, Patrick S. Roberts, Michael Keeney, and Sang Ok Choi. 2012. “Appointee Confirmation and Tenure: The Succession of U.S. Federal Agency Appointees, 1989-2009,” Public Administration Review, vol. 72, no. 6 (Nov./Dec. 2012): 902-913.

Lester, Emile and Patrick S. Roberts. 2011. “Learning About World Religions in Modesto, California,” Politics and Religion, vol. 4, no. 2, (December): 264-288.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2010. “Searching for a Network Administrative Organization in the Niger Food Crisis, 2004-2006,” Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 8, no. 4 (July/August) 1-11.

Lester, Emile and Patrick S. Roberts. 2009. “How Teaching World Religions Brought a Truce to the Culture Wars in Modesto, California,” British Journal of Religious Education, Vol. 31, No. 3 (September): 187-199.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2009. “How Security Agencies Control Change: Executive Power and the Quest for Autonomy in the FBI and CIA,” Public Organization Review, Vol. 9, No. 2 (June): 169-198.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2009. “A Capacity for Mitigation as the Next Frontier in Homeland Security,” Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 124, No. 1 (Spring): 127-142.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2009. “An Unnatural Disaster,” Administration & Society (invited essay; not peer-reviewed), Vol. 41, No. 6 (2009): 763-769.

Wernstedt, Kris, Patrick S. Roberts and Matthew Dull. 2009. “Can Climate Signals Inform Emergency Management? Preliminary Evidence,” Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Vol. 6, Issue 1:

Dull, Matthew and Patrick S. Roberts. 2009. “Continuity, Competence, and the Succession of Senate-Confirmed Agency Appointees, 1989-2009,” Presidential Studies Quarterly, vol. 39, no. 3 (2009): 432-453.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2008. “Dispersed Federalism as a New Regional Governance for Homeland Security,” Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 38, 3 (Summer): 416-443.

Stockton, Paul N. and Patrick S. Roberts. 2008. “Findings from the Forum on Homeland Security After the Bush Administration: Next Steps in Building Unity of Effort,” (with Paul Stockton), Homeland Security Affairs IV, no. 2 (2008),

Roberts, Patrick S. 2007. “What the Catastrophist Heresy Teaches Public Managers,” Administrative Theory & Praxis, 29: 4 (2007), 546-566.

Roberts, Patrick. S. 2007. Toward a National Hazard Risk Assessment,” Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Communication/Research Note (4:3) (15 pgs.) August.

Lester, Emile and Patrick S. Roberts. 2006. “The Distinctive Paradox of Religious Tolerance: Active Tolerance as a Mean Between Passive Tolerance and Recognition,” Public Affairs Quarterly, (20:4), 347-380.
Roberts, Patrick S. 2006. “FEMA and the Prospects for Reputation-Based Autonomy,” Studies in American Political Development 20 (Spring), 57-87.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2005. “What Katrina Means for Emergency Management,” The Forum, 3:3 (November), 1-10.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2005. “Shifting Priorities: Congressional Incentives and the Homeland Security Granting Process,” Review of Policy Research, 22:4 (July-August), 437-449.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2005. “The Master of Disaster as Bureaucratic Entrepreneur,” PS: Political Science & Politics, Research Note, 38:2, (April), 331.

Essays, Reports, and Monographs

Roberts, Patrick S. 2016. “A new mission for Homeland Security: managing risk,” The Hill, September 1.

Roberts, Patrick. S. and Yang Zhang. 2016. “Managing Flood Recovery.” Prepared for the Korean government KHRIS research institute, August 31.

Roberts, Patrick S. and Robert Saldin. 2015. “Ignoring the Not-So-Obvious in Obama’s Negotiations with Iran,” The Hill, July 16, 2015.

Roberts, Patrick. S. and Yang Zhang. 2015. “Urban Resilience Policy to Prepare for Floods in the United States.” Prepared for the Korean government KHRIS research institute, July 1.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2015. “Retroview: The Centralization Paradox,” The American Interest, VOL. X, No. 6, (June/July, 2015): 90-96. (Essay on the work of Martha Derthick).

Roberts, Patrick S. and Kris Wernstedt. 2015. “Seasonal Climate Forecast Serves as a Call to Action.” U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website, Washington, D.C.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2014. “The Ebola Crisis as a Crisis of Public Trust.” The American Interest, October 15.

Knowles, Scott Gabriel and Roberts, Patrick S. 2012. “FEMA Needs to Refocus,” The Hill, November 27.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2012. “How Well Will the IAEA Be Able To Safeguard More Nuclear Materials in More States?” Non-Proliferation Policy and Education Center Report, Washington, DC.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2011. “Class War,” The American Interest, July/August, 116-121.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2010. “Our Responder in Chief,” National Affairs, vol. 5, Fall, 75-102.

Roberts, Patrick S. and Matthew Dull. 2009. “Is Obama Using His Appointment Power Effectively?” Roll Call, (September 29), p. 4.

Roberts, Patrick S. 2009. “Models of Network Governance for Technology and Security and Implications for Leadership in Energetics,” Blacksburg, Va.: Center for Public Administration and Policy, April 15, monograph, 59pp. Presented to the US Navy and the US Congress and publicly available.

Roberts, Patrick S. and Matthew Dull. 2009. “How Congress Should Repair the Vacancies Act,” The Hill, January 9.

Lester, Emile and Patrick S. Roberts. 2008. “Talking about God in Modesto,” American Interest, (May/June), 82-85.

Eden, Lynn, Michael May, Patrick S. Roberts, and Jacob Shapiro. 2006. An Analytical Approach to Preparedness for Homeland Security. Stanford, CA. Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Lester, Emile and Patrick S. Roberts. 2006. Learning About World Religions in Public Schools, (Nashville, Tn.: First Amendment Center, Vanderbilt University and the Freedom Forum, June), monograph, 68pp. Cited and reviewed in the New York Times, USA Today, C-SPAN

Lester, Emile and Patrick S. Roberts. 2006. “How One School District Found Religion,” USA Today, May 21.

Kirp, David L. and Patrick S. Roberts. 2002. “Mr. Jefferson’s University Breaks Up,” The Public Interest, (Summer): 70-84.

Kirp, David L. and Patrick S. Roberts. 2002. “Mr. Jefferson’s “Private” College: The University of Virginia's Business School Secedes.” Occasional Papers Series, National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Columbia University. November.

Book Reviews

Review of Fallout: Nuclear Diplomacy in an Age of Global Fracture by Grégoire Mallard, in Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 130, No. 2 (Summer 2015): 356-358.

Review of The Politics of Disaster: Tracking the Impact of Hurricane Andrew, by David K. Twigg and The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities, Robert D. Bullard and Beverly Wright, in Political Science Quarterly Vol. 128, No. 4, (Winter 2013-14): 755-757.

Review of The Politics of Presidential Appointments: Political Control and Bureaucratic Performance, by David E. Lewis, in Presidential Studies Quarterly (December 2008): 761-762.

Review of Public Values and Public Interest, by Barry Bozeman, in Markets & Morality, Vol. 11, No. 2, Fall 2008, 328-330.

Review essay of Catastrophe: Risk and Response, by Richard A. Posner. Homeland Security Affairs IV, 1, January 2008.

Review of Timothy Naftali’s Blindspot, Perspectives on Political Science, April 2006.

Review essay, “Organizing for Homeland Security,” Perspectives on Political Science, (35:1), January 2006.

Review essay, “Lost Boys at 70,” Policy Review, June 2004; review of James J. Heckman and Alan B. Krueger, Inequality in America: What Role for Human Capital Policies?, Harvard University Press and John H. Laub and Robert J. Sampson, Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys to Age 70, MIT Press.