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Barsha Manandhar, PhD

Barsha Manandhar, PhD

Assistant Professor, Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief & Homeland Security

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  • Academic Phone: 813.396.0854
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  • PhD, Public Affairs, Florida International University, 2021
  • MS, University of Wolverhampton, 2010
  • BS, Tribhuvan University, 2006


Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief and Homeland Security


  • Emergency Management
  • Disaster Governance
  • Disaster Risk and Resilience
  • Public Health


Dr. Barsha Manandhar is an Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health (COPH) at USF. She holds a PhD degree in Public Affairs from the Department of Public Policy and Administration at FIU (Florida International University). Dr. Manandhar’s teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of disaster governance and the resilience of critical infrastructures, such as the public health system. Her publications have appeared in journals like Earthquake Spectra and the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Additionally, she has presented her research at various conferences, including the Annual Natural Hazard Workshop, the American Society for Public Administration Annual Conference, the Southern Political Science Association Conference, and the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration. Before joining USF, Dr. Manandhar worked as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at FIU. Additionally, she served as a research associate in the Institute of Environment at FIU, where she managed and implemented NSF and Natural Hazard Center-funded research projects related to understanding the challenges of managing public health system and evacuation traffic following hurricanes, respectively. Prior to her academic positions, Dr. Manandhar served as a program officer for a non-governmental organization called Group of Helping Hands (SAHAS-Nepal) in Nepal. In this role, she supervised institutional development and food security projects aimed at reducing the risks and impacts of climate disasters in rural Nepal.