Robert A. Stallings (Ph.D., Sociology, The Ohio State University, 1971) is Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at the University of Southern California. From 1967 to 1971 he was a research assistant at the Disaster Research Center. He served as editor of the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters (1997-2002) and is president of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Disasters (RC 39). He is the author of Promoting Risk: Constructing the Earthquake Threat (Aldine de Gruyter, 1995). His most recent article, "Weberian Political Sociology and Sociological Disaster Studies," appears in the June 2002 issue of Sociological Forum.