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Dr Gina Reinhardt

Senior Lecturer
Department of Government
Dr Gina Reinhardt
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  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872648

  • Location

    5B.310, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Tuesdays 13:00-15:00

Profile

Biography

Dr. Gina Yannitell Reinhardt recently joined the Department of Government at the University of Essex. She studies how citizens and policy makers make decisions under uncertainty, and how those decisions affect economic, social, and political development and subsequent policy outcomes. She focuses specifically on foreign aid, international development, and disasters, asking how development financing can be judiciously allocated to help avert, alleviate, mitigate, and manage disasters. Dr. Reinhardts work can be found in journals such as World Development, Political Analysis, Political Research Quarterly, the Journal of Risk Research, and the Review of Policy Research. Dr Reinhardt is active in theatre, and she volunteers with organisations that combat domestic violence. She speaks Portuguese and Japanese, and plays the drums and the harp.

Qualifications

  • Dr Gina Yannitell Reinhardt earned her doctorate in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Political Science Washington University in St. Louis, (2005)

  • Master of Arts (MA) Political Science Washington University in St. Louis, (2002)

  • Prior to this, she researched for one year in Brazil, funded by a Fulbright Grant.

  • She earned her B.A. in International Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, with minors in Japanese and Theatre.

  • Certificate Japanese Cultural Studies and Literature Kansai Gaidai University,

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Senior Lecturer, Government, University of Essex (1/9/2017 - present)

  • Lecturer, Government, University of Essex (1/9/2015 - 31/8/2017)

Other academic

  • Assistant Professor, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University (1/8/2005 - 31/8/2015)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

DrReinhardts work examines how decision-making under uncertainty affects the distribution of wealth in society.

She focuses her work on the political economy of foreign aid, economic and social development, and the political and policy implications of disasters. This pursuit has drawn her inquiry in fascinating directions.

She has studied race, trust, and migration; the construction of trust by the media across levels of government; and how the allocation of foreign aid conditions its performance effectiveness.

DrReinhardt also researches political methodology, and applies established models to new problems and topics.

Her work on survey measures, experimental design, and signalling games has been seen inPolitical Analysis,theJournal of Risk Research, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics.

Current research

Dr Reinhardt is combining her interests on disasters and development to disentangle the relationship between development interventions and disasters. Foreign aid has a complex relationship with disasters. On one hand, disasters can bolster development (building social capital, improving accountability) or damage it (sapping resources, straining economies). On the other, aid implementation can fortify developing areas physically and administratively, or create vulnerabilities that increase disaster likelihoods.

Development financers are in a conundrum: step in to mitigate disaster damages, or stand back and hope rebuilding and recovery will alleviate further disasters? The ethical complications and physical impossibilities of simulating disasters prevent academics from giving clear policy directives, and critical events leave little time to decide.

Recent academic work on disasters and RCTs (randomized controlled trials) indicate a possibility for change. Dr Reinhardt is beginning to collaborate with scholars and policy practitioners around the world to merge the rigors of RCTs with the policy imperative of disaster-related work.

Conferences and presentations

The Spotlight Toolkit: an interactive decision making platform for impact evaluation

Catalyst Conference, 26/6/2019

Resilience Index and Resilience Policy database showcase event

Workshop at the University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom, 21/5/2019

What Can Computerized Text Mining Tell Us about Disaster Resilience? Investigating Resilience Plans

MPSA, 6/4/2019

LGA Annual Fire Conference and Exhibition 2019

Invited presentation, LGA Annual Fire Conference and Exhibition 2019, Harrogate, United Kingdom, 12/3/2019

What can Computerized Text Mining Tell Us about Disaster Resilience? Investigating Resilience Plans

- Workshop on Disaster and Emergency Politics and Management at the SPSA, Austin, TX, United States, 17/1/2019

Accidental Dwelling Fires Evaluated

Essex County Fire and Rescue workshop for Management Team, Kelvedon, United Kingdom, 26/11/2018

Can Social Impact Evaluations be Standardized? Introducing the Spotlight Toolkit for Programme Evaluation

European Evaluation Society Biennial Meeting, Thessaloniki, Greece, 3/10/2018

The Intersection of Race and Gender in Political Trust

Midwest and American Political Science Association, 2015

Changing Channels? Evaluating the Efficiency of Aid Delivery Mechanisms.

Development Economics and Policy Conference, Heidelberg, Germany, 2015

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Introduction to Politics (GV100)

Publications

Journal articles (18)

Reinhardt, GY. and Victor, JN., Competing for the Platform: The Politics of Interest Group Influence on Political Party Platforms in the United States. SSRN Electronic Journal

Reinhardt, GY., Disasters, Media, and Political Trust. SSRN Electronic Journal

Yannitell Reinhardt, G. and Chatsiou, K., (2019). Using community education interventions to build resilience and avert crises: how accidental dwelling fires decreased in Essex County, UK. Local Government Studies. 45 (3), 394-412

Reinhardt, GY. and Ross, AD., (2019). Expanding Social Science Through Disaster Studies. Social Science Quarterly

Reinhardt, GY. and Drennan, L., (2019). Local emergency management special issue: guest editors’ introduction. Local Government Studies. 45 (3), 293-301

Reinhardt, GY. and Victor, JN., (2018). Competing for the Platform: How Organized Interests affect Party Positioning in the United States. Party Politics. 24 (3), 277-277

Reinhardt, GY., (2017). Imagining worse than reality: comparing beliefs and intentions between disaster evacuees and survey respondents. Journal of Risk Research. 20 (2), 169-194

Reinhardt, GY., (2015). First-Hand Experience and Second-Hand Information: Changing Trust across Three Levels of Government. Review of Policy Research. 32 (3), 345-364

Reinhardt, GY., (2015). Race, Trust, and Return Migration. Political Research Quarterly. 68 (2), 350-362

Reinhardt, GY., (2015). Race, Trust, and Return-Migration: The Political Drivers of Post-Disaster Resettlement. Political Research Quarterly. 68 (2), 350-362

Gawande, K., Reinhardt, GY., Silva, CL. and Bearfield, D., (2013). Comparing Discrete Distributions: Survey Validation and Survey Experiments. Political Analysis. 21 (1), 70-85

Reinhardt, GY., (2009). Matching Donors and Nonprofits. Journal of Theoretical Politics. 21 (3), 283-309

Reinhardt, GY., (2009). I Don't Know Monica Lewinsky, and I'm Not in the CIA. Now How about that Interview?. PS: Political Science & Politics. 42 (02), 295-298

Balla, E. and Reinhardt, GY., (2008). Giving and Receiving Foreign Aid: Does Conflict Count?. World Development. 36 (12), 2566-2585

Reinhardt, GY., (2006). Shortcuts and Signals: An Analysis of the Micro-level Determinants of Aid Allocation, with Case Study Evidence from Brazil. Review of Development Economics. 10 (2), 297-312

CAREY, JOHNM. and REINHARDT, GINAYANNITELL., (2004). State-Level Institutional Effects on Legislative Coalition Unity in Brazil. Legislative Studies Quarterly. 29 (1), 23-47

Carey, JM. and Reinhardt, GY., (2003). Impacto das instituições estaduais na unidade das coalizões parlamentares no Brasil. Dados. 46 (4), 773-804

Carey, JM. and Reinhardt, GY., (2003). State-level institutional effects on legislative coalition unity in Brazil. Dados. 46 (4), 773-804

Reports and Papers (7)

Reinhardt, G. and Chatsiou, K., Analysis of Accidental Dwelling Fires in Essex (2009-2017)

Reinhardt, G. and Chatsiou, A., (2017). Parish Safety Volunteer Programme: Evaluation

Reinhardt, G., Chatsiou, A. and Ridler, L., (2017). Financial Benefits Review: Transformation Challenge Award programme, Essex County Council

Reinhardt, G., Chatsiou, A. and Ridler, L., (2017). Options Paper, Transformation Challenge Award (TCA) Programme Evaluation

Reinhardt, GY. and Chatsiou, K., (2017). Parish Safety Volunteer Visits Evaluation: a Summary of findings from quantitative analysis of fire incident, police incident, House Safety Visit and Parish Safety Volunteer Visit data.

Reinhardt, GMY., (2016). Essex Data Platform (formerly DPaRS) - Evaluation and Measurement Framework

Reinhardt, G. and Chatsiou, A., (2010). Evaluating the Essex Data Programme: Data Collection and Data Management Plan

Grants and funding

2019

REINHARDT GCRF QR D005

University of Essex (GCRF)

ARISE: Advancing a Resilience Index for Sustainable Environments

University of Essex (GCRF)

Connected Communities

European Commission

2018

Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLG DRC)

Economic and Social Research Council

Evaluation project to help Essex County Council and its Dementia Challenge finalists prepare evaluation plans for the business cases they will submit to ECC as part of the Challenge.

Essex County Council

2017

Program Impact Evaluation: Toolkit

University of Essex

IAA ECC Challenge Lab project - Waste Busters

University of Essex

2016

"Disasters, Development, and Financing: Can Randomised Controlled Trials Help Save Lives?"

The British Academy

Famine and Financing: Evidence-Based Approaches to Understanding what Works

Wellcome Trust

Disasters, development and financing: Evidence-based approaches to understanding what works

University of Essex

Contact

gina.reinhardt@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872648

Location:

5B.310, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Tuesdays 13:00-15:00