Since 1990, Claire B. Rubin & Associates, LLC, a small firm located in the Washington, D.C. area, has specialized in research and consulting in the fields of emergency management and homeland security. The firm serves clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Claire B. Rubin, president of the firm, is a social scientist with 39 years of experience in emergency management and homeland security. Her experience includes independent researcher, consultant, practitioner, and educator.
She was affiliated with the The George Washington University’s Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management from 1998 through 2014. In recent years, the firm has produced a variety of educational products and services, most notably the Disaster Time Line series and the Disaster Bookstore.
Ms Rubin has a long-time interest in recovery from disasters. She maintains several websites on disaster topics, most notably the blog on disaster recovery called Recovery Diva. The most recent blog she created is Disasters and Faith, which features resources related to faith-based organizations and disasters. She also is the co-founder and moderator for the facebook group for Instructors of Emergency Management at the Higher Education Level.
She is editor of the popular textbook, Emergency Management: The American Experience, 1900-2010. Most recently, she coauthored Chapter 13: Unmet Needs and Persistent Problems in the new e-book published by FEMA titled Critical Issues in Disaster Science and Management (2014).
Ms Rubin has written almost 100 publications and has presented numerous talks and lectures on emergency management and homeland security topics. She was the co-founder and Managing Editor of The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for 6 years. (For more details, see Selected Works of Claire B. Rubin.) Recently, she was a keynote speaker at the 40th Hazards Conference, sponsored by the Univ. of CO at Boulder, July 2015. (Her talk is available as a journal article on the Products page of this site. )
At the local level, Ms Rubin is active in Citizen Corps and CERT In Arlington County, VA. She was a member of the Arlington County, VA Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission for three years. Presently, she works part-time for the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management.
Currently, she is is a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Maryland University College, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Graduate Programs and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Georgetown University Emergency and Disaster Management Program. She is a guest lecturer at the VA Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy.