ATLANTA—Distinguished University Professor Ann-Margaret Esnard has been named interim associate dean for research and strategic initiatives for the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
Esnard has been at Georgia State since 2013 as a faculty member in the Department of Public Management and Policy. She joined Georgia State as part of the Second City Initiative (2CI), a five-year program focused on adding faculty whose research focuses on collaboration and emphasizes interdisciplinary partnerships.
Esnard is a widely recognized expert in disaster planning, population displacement and spatial analysis. She is co-editor of the recently released book, “Coming Home After Disaster,” a reference guide for disaster and emergency management professionals and public officials.
In her new role, Esnard will promote the implementation of the the school’s revised strategic plan, expand interdisciplinary research initiatives and increase the visibility of research and curriculum initiatives.
“I am so pleased that Dr. Esnard was willing to take on the role as associate dean,” said Sally Wallace, interim dean of the school. “Ann-Margaret has extensive and successful experience in externally funded research. As a 2CI hire, she believes in the importance of interdisciplinary research and collaboration. We are lucky to have her in the Andrew Young School and in the dean’s office.”
Esnard holds a doctorate in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a master’s degree in agronomy and soils from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of the West Indies. She completed a postdoc at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill before she began her academic career at Cornell University.