Dean   Kyne

Assistant Professor  

Office: ELABN 343
Phone: (956) 665-2572
Email: dean.kyne@utrgv.edu
Website: www.deankyne.com

Dr. Dean Kyne

Dr. Dean Kyne serves as an assistant professor of sociology and a director of disaster studies MA program at the Sociology Department, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Before joining UTRGV, Dr. Kyne worked as director of research at the Maricopa County Government in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Karlsruhe, Germany and Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He has published a book, the first-of-its-kind, namely Nuclear Power Plant Emergencies in US by Springer Publishing in March 2017. In addition, his second book, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Disaster and Emergency Management: An Introduction is under new contract with Springer Publishing and expected to publish in early 2018. He currently serves as an Editor-in-Chief for International Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management (IJDREM). He has published numerous articles focusing on disasters and emergency management, environmental justice, sustainability, resiliency, social capital, and preparedness for and evacuation in hurricane events in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). On April 20, 2017, UTRGV honored Excellent Community Partnership Award to Dr. Kyne and his community partner the City of Edinburg Solid Waste Management for their work in creating a service-learning project for students to learn about issues the management officials faced and to provide researched sustainable solutions. On May 4, 2017, UTRGV also honored Dr. Kyne for his achievement in publishing the book in the University Faculty Excellence Awards and Recognition Event held in El Gran Salon on the Brownsville Campus. On June 5, 2019, Dr. Kyne received an outstanding poster award, namely Dr. Tom Phelan Award at the 21st Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium in Emmitsburg, MD.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Disaster Studies
    • Sustainability, Resiliency, and Social Capital
    • Environmental Justice
    • Geographic and Information System (GIS)
    • Nuclear Power Induced Emergencies and Disasters Management
  • Education

    • PhD, Environmental Social Science, Arizona State University, 2014
    • Graduate Certificate, Geographic Information Science, Arizona State University, 2012
    • MPS, International Development (Development Policy; Resource Policy and Management), Cornell University, 2009
    • MPA, Public Administration, Pennsylvania State University, 2008
    • PhD, Development Administration, National Institute of Development Administration, 2003
    • MA, Business Management, The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, 1992
    • B.Ag., Agriculture, Yezin Agricultural University, 1986
  • Currently Teaching

    SOCI 7300 02 - Thesis I:
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    Textbooks
    SOCI 1301 92L - Intro to Sociology:
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    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    SOCI 6331 01S - Disasters and Society:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    SOCI 7300 01 - Thesis I:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    SOCI 4385 03S - SpTop:GIS for SocSci: An Intro:
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    Course Evaluations
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Selected Publications


  • Dean Kyne and William Donner. "Editorial: Aiming toward Building Disaster Resilient Communities," International Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management 2, no. 1 (June 2019).

  • Dean Kyne, William Donner, and Arlett Lomeli. "Information Seeking and Evacuation Decision Making in Hypothetical Hurricane Events in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas," International Journal of Emergency Management 15, no. 1 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2019): 54-80.

  • Dean Kyne and William Donner. "Editorial: Preparedness and Response For Future Disasters with Increasing Intensity and Severity Under Climate Change ," International Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management 1, no. 2 (December 2018).

  • Dean Kyne and William Donner. "Kyne-Donner Model of Authority‚Äôs Recommendation and Hurricane Evacuation Decisions: A Study of Hypothetical Hurricane Event in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas ," Population Research and Policy Review 37, no. 6 (September 2018): 897-922.

  • Dean Kyne and William Donner. "Editorial: A Newly Born Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management ," International Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management 1, no. 1 (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2018).

  • Dean Kyne, Arlett Lomeli, William Donner, and Erika Zuloaga. "Who Will Stay, Who Will Leave: Decision-Making of Residents Living in Potential Hurricane Impact Areas During a Hypothetical Hurricane Event in the Rio Grande Valley," Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2018).

  • Dean Kyne. Nuclear Power Plant Emergencies in the United States: Managing Risks, Demographics and Response. Springer, 2017.

  • Dean Kyne. "A Fukushima-Like Disaster in New York City and Possible Issues Associated with the Extreme Event Management System," New Jersey/World Scientific Publishing: Journal of Extreme Events 3, no. 1 (December 2016): 26.

  • Dean Kyne. "Living with the Invisible Risks in U.S. Urban Areas: Potential Nuclear Power Induced Disasters, Urban Emergency Management Challenges and Environmental Justice Issues," New Jersey/Wiley Publishing: Hazards, Risks, and Crisis in Public Policy 7, no. 4 (December 2016): 33.

  • Dean Kyne, Bob Bolin, "Emerging Environmental Justice Issues in Nuclear Power and Radioactive Contamination," Basel: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 13, no. 7 (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2016): 19.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Dean Kyne. Community Resiliency from Hurricane Disasters in the Bilingual and Bicultural Rio Grande Valley, the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs, $12,180.00 (November 20, 2017 - July 30, 2018)

  • Dean Kyne. Registration Grant, International Sociological Association World Congress 2018, Toronto, Canada, 2018 , International Sociological Association, $440.00 (January 1, 2018 - July 17, 2018)

  • Dean Kyne. Junior Faculty Travel Award, $600.00 (January 2016 - May 2016)

  • Dean Kyne. Junior Faculty Travel Award, $290.00 (October 2015 - October 2015)

  • Dean Kyne. Dissertation Improvement Grant, Arizona State University, $2,100.00 (August 2013 - August 2013)

  • Dean Kyne. Postdoctoral Fellow, Karlsruhe University, Germany, $5,000.00 (May 2006 - August 2006)

  • Dean Kyne. Postdoctoral Fellow, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, $15,000.00 (January 2005 - December 2005)

  • Dean Kyne. Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Institute of Development Administration , $1,200.00 (January 2002 - January 2002)



Selected Presentations


  • Dean Kyne. "Service-learning for promoting diversity, inclusion, and unity for disaster resiliency," 21st Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emmitsburg, Maryland (June 2019)

  • Dean Kyne. "Developing an experiential learning for both students and instructor in disaster and emergency management discipline," AAG Annual Meeting 2019, American Association of Geographers, Washington DC (April 2019)

  • Dean Kyne. "A Service-Learning Component in Disaster Studies for Meaningful Engagement, Greater Impact, and Self-Reflection," Engaged Scholar Symposium 2019, Engaged Scholarship & Learning, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), Edinburg (April 2019)

  • Dean Kyne. "Developing New Professionals for Building Disaster Resiliency: A Service-Learning Approach," NEXUS-Spring 2019, College of Liberal Arts, UTRGV (April 2019)

  • Dean Kyne. "Nuclear Power Emergency in United States of America: Challenges Associated with Standard Operation Procedures and Emergency Evacuation," International Symposium on Communicating Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies to the Public, CNREP 2018, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria (October 2018)

  • Dean Kyne. "Priorities for a Research Initiative Focused on Coastal Regions," Coastlines & People (CoPe) Scoping Workshop, NSF 2018, the University Cooperation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR )and the National Science Foundation (NSF), Chicago, IL (September 2018)

  • Dean Kyne and Billy Delgado. "Understanding Hurricane Harvey and its Challenges for Evacuation: The Case of Corpus Christi," Harvey Research Symposium 2018, Sea Grant, the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, and National Ocean and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), Port Aransas, Texas (August 2018)

  • Dean Kyne. "Do Individuals Prepare for Major Disasters in Rio Grande Valley, Texas?," XIX International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress of Sociology, International Sociological Association (ISA), Toronto, Canada (July 2018)

  • Dean Kyne and William Donner. "Understanding Individual Disaster Preparedness in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: A Case of Rio Grande Valley, Texas," AAG Annual Meeting 2018, American Association of Geographers, New Orleans (April 2018)

  • Dean Kyne, Christina Madrid, and Bianca Lopez. "Service Learning in Disaster Studies," Engaged Scholar Symposium of the University of Texas Rio Grande Vaelly, Spring 2018, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX (April 2018)

Current Courses

SOCI 7300 02 - Thesis I:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
SOCI 1301 92L - Intro to Sociology:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
SOCI 6331 01S - Disasters and Society:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
SOCI 7300 01 - Thesis I:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
SOCI 4385 03S - SpTop:GIS for SocSci: An Intro:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses