Claire Connolly Knox is an Assistant Professor and the Emergency
Management and Homeland Security Program Director in UCF's
School of Public Administration. Her
research interests include environmental policy and management,
Habermas' critical theory, and environmental vulnerability and
disaster response. She teaches Disaster Response and Recovery,
Environmental Planning, Environmental Policy and Management, and
Managing Emergencies and Crises courses. Dr. Knox's
interdisciplinary research applies a discursive theory lens to
language underlying environmental and emergency management plans
and policies. This is important because narrative analysis
provides alternative explanations for contradictions and anomalies
affecting policy change and implementation outcomes.
Dr. Knox has published in Public Administration Review,
Environmental Politics, Journal of Environmental
Policy and Planning, Administration & Society, Journal
of Public Affairs Education, Journal of Emergency
Management, Disaster Prevention and Management,
Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, Public
Administration Quarterly, Critical Issues in Justice and
Politics, and Foundation Review. She
has obtained $332,500 in internal and external grants.
Additionally, she has presented research at national conferences,
including American Society for Public Administration (ASPA),
Academy of Management, Public Administration Theory Network,
Coastal Society Conference, and Midwest Political Science
In 2016, Dr. Knox was awarded UCF's Research Incentive Award,
Teaching Incentive Award, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Award. Additionally, her research on Louisiana's coastal zone
planning after multiple disasters received the William J.
Petak Best Paper Award at ASPA National Conference from the Section
on Emergency and Crisis Management. In 2015, she received
the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association's Gary Arnold
for her dedication to improving Florida's emergency management
Originally from southern Louisiana, she was an Interpretative
Specialist at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center for the
Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act, and
then a Planning Assistant with the Lafayette Parish Traffic and
Transportation Department. Throughout her time in Louisiana, Dr.
Knox held leadership positions in multiple environmental,
non-profit organizations that promoted environmental sustainability
throughout the city, including petitioning city officials to
designate bike lanes throughout the city (project completed in
2006); assisting in reestablishing a university recycling program;
and participating in tree plantings, environmental justice, river
cleanup, and hazardous waste awareness events. During her graduate
studies at Florida State University, she gained valuable emergency
management experience at the Florida Division of Emergency
Management and the Center for Disaster Risk Policy.
She is a Board Member and Social Media Chair of ASPA's Section
on Environmental and Natural Resource Administration, and a
Board Member and Membership Chair of ASPA's Section for Emergency
and Crisis Management.
Her dissertation on the Florida Everglades ecosystem focused on the
newly-designated northern Everglades that encompass the lands and
waters in the central Florida region. The pilot study of her
dissertation won SECOPA's 2008 Collin's Award for Best Ph.D.
Student Paper. The 2014 Journal of Environmental Policy
and Planning article based on this research
was selected as one of the top 15 articles using an
interpretive and critical approach in the field of environmental
policy and planning.
Ph.D., Public Administration, Florida State University
M.P.A, Public Administration, Florida State University
B.S., Renewable and Sustainable Resources, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
B.A., English (Technical Writing), University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Links to Publications (* Practitioner; ** Graduate
Knox, C. C. (In Press). Unearthing Steering
Activities in Everglades Policy Development: A Habermas Critical
Theory Analysis. Critical Issues in Justice and
Knox, C. C. & Harris, A.* (In Press).
Evolution of an Experiential Learning Partnership in Emergency
Management Higher Education. Journal of Emergency
Knox, C. C.
(In Press). Passing the Northern Everglades and Estuaries
Protection Program Bill: Case Study Applying Theories of Policy
Public Administration Quarterly
Knox, C. C. (2016). Public Administrators' Use of
Social Media Platforms: Overcoming the Legitimacy Dilemma?
Administration & Society, 48(4), 477-496. Article
Norris-Tirrell, D., Blessett, B., &Knox, C.
(2014). Peeking Behind the Curtain: The Operations and Funding
Priorities of Rural Private Foundations.
6(4), Article 8. Article Abstract:http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/tfr/vol6/iss4/8/
PAD 3003: Public Administration in American Society
PAD 3733: Professional Administrative Writing in the Public Sector
PAD 4034: Public Policy
PAD 4104: Administrative Theory
PAD 4351: Environmental Program Management
PAD 4395: Disaster Response and Recovery
PAD 6353: Environment Planning
PAD 6397: Managing Emergencies and Crises
PAD 6958: Governance Field Study: Metropolitan Governance in Seoul
IDS 3150: Foundations of Environmental Studies
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