Professor Denise D P Thompson is the Director of the MPA in Inspection and Oversight and is an associate professor in the Department of Public Management, John Jay College, CUNY. She is a development studies scholar who has a Ph.D. in Public Administration. She has researched and published on disaster risk management, governance, and public policy issues related to disaster risk reduction issues affecting small island developing states (SIDS).

Since joining John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, in 2010, Professor Thompson has researched and published on public policy, disaster risk governance, disaster logistics and humanitarian response, disaster resilience, and sustainable development. She has conducted research on and policy work for several notable agencies, including the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), International Labor Organization (ILO), Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Environmental Solutions Limited (ESL). Professor Thompson has served on several committees and boards, including the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS), Disaster Prevention and Resilience (DPR), and the Crisis Response Journal (CRJ), a practitioner-focused journal on crisis, disaster and security management.