Date of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Economics, PhD

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Melissa Rogers

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Yi Feng

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Brian Hilton


This paper studies four natural disaster categories--climatological, geophysical, hydrological, and meteorological--and their impact upon four elections--gubernatorial, House, President, and Senate--for the 1990-2016 time period in 3,113 US counties, excluding Alaska. The research focused on which natural disasters impacted minority voters--Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Two or more races; if disasters affected the individual elections. Natural disasters provide mixed results on US election outcomes depending upon disaster, election, and the minority group.