Mark Brennan, Ph.D.

Visiting Fellow College of Maritime Operational Warfare
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Mark Brennan is a visiting scholar who analyzes humanitarian operations to improve vulnerable groups' access to essential goods and services and to improve partnerships with public agencies and nonprofits with the goal to develop and implement innovative solutions to operational challenges. In his research at MIT, he focuses primarily on food assistance. At NWC, he works with DOD and U.N. agencies to document, analyze and improve how humanitarian assistance delivered by militaries reaches those in need more effectively and equitably. He received his Ph.D. from MIT.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Africa
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • HA/DR
  • Policy

Professional Highlights


Postdoctoral Associate, MIT

Researcher developing plans to better deliver housing assistance to survivors and help localities to prepare for disasters, as a part of FEMA-sponsored effort at MIT.

Research Fellow, Boston Emergency Medical Services

Research fellow providing analytical support on emergency response capacity to agency decision makers, including during COVID.

Co-investigator, MIT Jameel Water and Food Security Lab project

Investigator leading study of irrigation equipment supply chains in the Sahel.


Ph.D., MIT, 2020, Policy, Operations, and Management

S.M., MIT, 2016, Engineering Systems (TPP Track)

M.Sc., University of Limerick, 2014, Mathematical Modeling

B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2012, Applied Mathematics and Statistics & International Studies

Related Credentials

MIT Public Service Fellowship

MIT Emerson Award

Senator George J Mitchell Scholar

JHU Margaret Walsh Leadership Award

JHU Bander Award

Research Contributions and Publications

Affordable Housing, Disasters, and Social Equity: LIHTC as a Tool for Preparedness and Recovery
A Mehta, M Brennan, J Steil
2020, Journal of the American Planning Association 86 (1), 75-88

A behavioral investigation of supply chain contracts for a newsvendor problem in a developing economy
JA Castañeda, M Brennan, J Goentzel
2019, International Journal of Production Economics 210, 72-83

One more tool for the food aid toolbox? Experimental evidence on food aid packaging
M Brennan, P Sundar, J Goentzel, D Frey, J Mathias
2019, Food Policy 88, 101764

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