Dr Gina Yannitell Reinhardt is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the Department of Government at the University of Essex. Her main research interests focus on the ways citizens and policy makers make decisions under uncertainty, and how those decisions affect economic, social, and political development and subsequent policy outcomes. She specifically focuses on foreign aid, international development, and disasters, asking how development financing can be judiciously allocated to help avert, alleviate, mitigate, and manage disasters.
Dr. Reinhardt is also Programme Director of the Programme Evaluation workstream of the HEFCE-funded Catalyst Project, University of Essex. She is leading a team working with Local Authorities to help them develop metrics and tools to conduct impact evaluations of current and past projects. She is also leading on development of a generic impact evaluation tool that could be applied by local governments seeking to streamline their impact evaluation practices.
Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the American Association of University Women. Her work has been featured in media outlets such as The Conversation, the PreventionWeb and Vox.com, and can be found in academic journals such as World Development, Political Analysis, Political Research Quarterly, the Journal of Risk Research, and the Review of Policy Research.
Dr. Reinhardt has conducted fieldwork in Brazil, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Canada. She spent a year as a fellow of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, where she helped investigate tax evasion, foreign corruption, money laundering, credit card abuses, and Medicare fraud. Her work can be found in political science, development, and public policy journals, as well as government publications.
She has taught courses on statistics, decision-making, and game theory for public and nonprofit managers, in addition to political economy of international development and public policy analysis. At the University of Essex, she is having fun teaching first-year undergrads introductory courses in politics and political economy.