Lee Clarke, Rutgers University,
is author of Acceptable Risk (Univ of CA Press), "Mission
Improbable" and "Worst
Cases," both from the University of Chicago Press. He is
often invited to speak about leadership, culture, disaster, and
organizational and technological failures; he consults with corporations,
government agencies, and research foundations.
One of Clarke's current projects concerns how scientists negotiate the boundaries of science and politics. That project focuses on scientists whose work foretold, in various ways, the great harm that Katrina would bring to New Orleans.
has written about the Y2K problem, risk communication, panic, civil
defense, evacuation, community response to disaster, organizational
failure, and near earth objects.
His most recent book is Worst
Cases: Terror & Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination .
Dr. Clarke has written
for, or been featured in, The
Atlantic Monthly, Boston Globe, National
Public Radio, the Washington Post, the NY
Daily News, among others. He has been featured in the New
York Times and the Harvard Business
Review. His edited volume, Terrorism
and Disaster: New Threats, New Ideas, was published in 2003.
Worst Cases is written in an accessible style, while making important scholarly contributions. It received 3 glowing reviews in Contemporary Sociology.
Worst cases are instances of calamity
that are beyond imagination. Historical examples are the Hindenburg
disaster or the Black Death. More recent examples are Chernobyl,
9/11, and Katrina. Worst Cases was covered in the Chronicle
of Higher Education in September 2005: "New
Orleans and the Probability Blues."
Clarke was awarded the
Rutgers Graduate School Award for Excellence in Teaching and Graduate
Research, 1996-1997, and Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools'
1998 Graduate Mentoring Award. In August 2005 he was honored with
the Fred Buttel Distinguished Scholarship Award by the Environment
and Technology section of the American Sociological Association. During spring 2007 Clarke was the Anschutz Distinguished Scholar at Princeton University. In 2009 he was elected as Fellow of AAAS.
Clarke served on a National
Academy of Science committee whose report, "Reopening
Public Facilities After a Biological Attack: A Decision-Making Framework,"
was published in June 2005. He has appeared on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, ABC World News Tonight,
and National Public Radio's affiliate in Irvine, CA, KUCI. Clarke is currently writing a book about problems of organizational warning regarding potential disasters.