Hugh Gladwin, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology in the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University.
Dr. Gladwin's major area of research is the application of cognitive decision making, urban theory, survey research, and GIS tools to understand large urban settings of high cultural and demographic diversity. Within that framework, a particular interest is to better model the interactions between the human population and natural systems such as the South Florida ecosystem and, since Hurricane Andrew in 1982, extreme natural events like hurricanes and climate change.
Dr. Gladwin is a coeditor (with Walter Gillis Peacock and Betty Morrow) and contributor to the book Hurricane Andrew: Ethnicity, Gender, and the Sociology of Disaster and author of many publications and presentations on disaster mitigation, public health, and public opinion, especially among Cuban Americans. In disaster research he has been PI or Co-PI on nine NSF grants. Dr. Gladwin has conducted polls on the opinions of Cuban-Americans dating back to 1991. The FIU Cuba Poll documents the trends and diversity within the Cuban community on what policies should be in place regarding Cuba.