A Little DPP News

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted, but that’s because there’s been a lot going on! I wanted to give our regular readers a little update on happenings here at DPP:

First, both I and the blog are moving to Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I’ve accepted a position at Southeast Missouri State (in Political Science), and will be making the shift from Carbondale to Cape over the summer. I am very excited to be moving to a place where I have friends, where some of my own consulting and activism on behalf of flood victims can continue, and where much of my academic research is currently focused. Cape is only an hour away from Carbondale, so I will be able to maintain my professional contacts with the disaster studies community at SIU. Southeast Missouri State has a lively and engaged community, some really nice colleagues, and a lovely campus. During my campus visit this spring, I was struck by how welcoming the undergraduates were. Beginning in the fall, I will be teaching US politics, judicial studies, constitutional and administrative law as well as disaster management and recovery. I am looking forward to being back in the classroom!

Second, our associate editor and contributor to the blog, Logan Strother, received some exciting news a couple of weeks ago: he’s been awarded a fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies that will support the early work on his dissertation project at Syracuse University. Go Logan! He has been busy finishing coursework and presenting some preliminary ideas for his dissertation at conferences recently. I wish him good luck and lots of focus as he studies for preliminary exams for his Ph.D. this summer, which he will take in the fall.

So while we have been quiet, lots has been happening. And of course, there’s property disputes, disasters and politics always going on. I have some catching up to do, but you’ll hear from us again soon!

Three Years Ago Today

And still no money for Pinhook…



It has been three years today since the US Army Corps of Engineers breached the Birds Point-New Madrid levee, destroying the town of Pinhook, Mo. To this date, no federal, state, county, or local financial assistance has been provided to the displaced residents of the town. But the struggle is not over. Residents continue their campaign to rebuild their town outside the floodway. You can help by writing a letter, making a phone call, or sending an email to any of the state politicians listed on the “Contact” page of this site. You can also send a communication to Jay Nixon, the governor of the state of Missouri (https://governor.mo.gov/get-involved/contact-the-governors-office). We urge you to do what you can to express your support for Pinhook. If enough voices declaim the injustice of this situation, perhaps something will be done to help the people of PInhook, Mo.

View original post