Dr. Tonya E. Thornton is the Director for Extramural Projects at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. She is also the Director for the Schar School’s Centers on the Public Service, conducting research, provides training and education and offering thought leadership to advance the work of management officials across all sectors of government. As part of her faculty appointment, Dr. Thornton serves as an Assistant Professor in the Master of Public Administration program and is the Coordinator for its Emergency Management and Homeland Security graduate certificate. She is also on Mason’s Executive Leadership Team for the Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities and is an Advisory Council Member for its Institute for a Sustainable Earth. In addition to this, she is also the Director for the Virginia Certified Public Manager® Program. Dr. Thornton has published her work in the Review of Policy Research, Journal of Emergency Management, Review of Public Personnel Management, and the American Journal of Public Health. She has also co-authored book chapters in The Future of Disaster Management in the U.S.: Rethinking Legislation, Policy, and Finance, New Voices in the Old South: How Women and Minorities Influence Southern Politics. She was also an editor for the National Academy of Public Administration and American Society for Public Administration’s Memos to National Leaders. Dr. Thornton has a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University, where she also earned a Master of Public Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in the Geosciences.
Podcasts / Webinars
Dr. Tonya Neaves interviews Dr. J.P. Auffret and Dr. Paul Houser regarding changes in the energy supply chain and implications for national security. The discussion includes an overview of the critical importance of reliable energy, the push toward renewables, emerging threats to the power grid, challenges specific to the Washington, DC region, and considerations for building stronger energy resiliency.
HDIAC Webinars » Critical Infrastructure Resilience through Communication, Coordination, and Collaboration
This presentation focuses on the role of communication, coordination, and collaboration for critical infrastructure resilience. The webinar will discuss the increasing importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships – across the public, private, and academic sectors – in promoting resilience within and across the four increasingly interdependent critical infrastructure sectors: energy, transportation, water, and communications.
The second installment of this two-part podcast continues the conversation with Dr. Thornton on disaster emergency response and recovery. In this part of the series, Dr. Thornton discusses
the difference between social production of disasters and disaster social constructs, the etiological difference of disasters, and recommendations to ensure optimal response and recovery.
In part one of this two-part podcast, HDIAC analyst Amber Garvey interviews Dr. Tonya Thornton, the Director for Extramural Projects at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. The discussion begins with Dr. Thornton defining terminology used to describe and classify disasters today.