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Ronald Daniels
Disaster, Management, Rebuilding, Planning, Law, Governance, Government, Vulnerability, Risk, Post-Disaster Recovery

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As the chief academic officer of the University, the Provost oversees all aspects of the university related to research, education, student life, athletics, libraries, and arts and culture. The Provost also works with the President and Executive Vice-President in areas such as capital projects, university budgets, and long-range financial plans.

In partnership with campus leadership, Provost Daniels has launched, developed, and/or supported a wide variety of programs and initiatives that have focused on strengthened recruitment and retention of faculty (with particular attention to female and minority faculty), promotion of interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching (including the Penn Integrates Knowledge Program), enhanced internationalization, and increased support for undergraduate and graduate education.

Provost Daniels is a member of Penn’s Law School. His research is currently focused on the relationship between law and legal institutions and development. Provost Daniels is the author or editor of numerous scholarly articles and books in several areas, including: Rule of Law Reform and Development: Charting the Fragile Path of Progress, Michael J. Trebilcock and Ronald J. Daniels (Elgar Press, 2008); On Risk and Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina, Ronald J. Daniels, Donald F. Kettl & Howard Kunreuther, eds. (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Rethinking the Welfare State: The Prospects for Government by Voucher, Ronald J. Daniels and Michael J. Trebilcock (Routledge, 2005); and The Security of Freedom, Ronald J. Daniels, Patrick Macklem & Kent Roach, eds. (University of Toronto Press, 2001).

Professor Daniels has long been active in public policy formulation and has contributed to several Canadian public policy task forces. These include: Chair of the Provincial Government's Panel on the Future of Government (2004), Special Advisor to the Ontario Government on Reform of Public Accounting Regulation (2003), Chair of the Ontario Electricity Market Design Committee (1998-99), Chair of the Ontario Task Force on Securities Regulation (1994), and member of the Toronto Stock Exchange Committee on Corporate Governance (1994).

Provost Daniels came to Penn in 2005 from the University of Toronto, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Law and James M. Tory Professor of Law. During his ten years as Dean, he doubled the size of the law school’s faculty; improved the student-faculty ratio from 18:1 to 10:1; increased the endowment from $1 million to $57 million; developed and secured funding for a new and comprehensive financial aid program; implemented comprehensive reforms of curricula, student services, and faculty research standards; and spearheaded initiatives to strengthen international recruitment, social engagement, and interdisciplinary programs.

Provost Daniels holds an LL.M. from Yale University (1988), a J.D. (1986) from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. (1982) from the University of Toronto. He has been a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School and an Olin Visiting Fellow at Cornell Law School.

Publications and Resources


Book Chapters

  • Howard Kunreuther (ed.), Donald Kettl (ed.), Ronald Daniels (ed.), Kenneth Foster, Robert Giegengack. "Planning for a City on the Brink." In On Risk and Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina. R. J. Daniels, D. F. Kettl, and H. Kunreuther (ed.) University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.
  • Howard Kunreuther (ed.), Donald Kettl (ed.), Ronald Daniels (ed.), Peter G. Gosselin. "On Their Own in Battered New Orleans." In On Risk and Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina. R. J. Daniels, D. F. Kettl, and H. Kunreuther (ed.) University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.

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