S M Asger Ali
S M Asger Ali

S M Asger Ali

Research Assistant

108 Hilbun Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Asger is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University (MSU). He received his MS in Sociology from Oklahoma State University (OSU) and his BS in Urban and Rural Planning at Khulna University, Bangladesh. Asger is primarily interested in Hazard Communication, Social Vulnerability, Human-Environmental Interactions, GIS and Remote Sensing. Asger has an interdisciplinary background with over 7 years of teaching and research experience in academic institutions, private sector, and Non-Profit organizations. Currently, Asger is working Research Assistant for the Northern Gulf Institute (NGI) - Content Analysis of the Tornado Warning Communication project. Under the supervision of Dr. Sherman-Morris, Asger is currently developing his dissertation, exploring the spatial relationship between social vulnerability and COVID-19 related health outcomes in the USA. During his MS, Asger investigates Hurricane Harvey's print media coverage using data from three newspapers: the New York Times (online), the Wall Street Journal (online), and the Houston Chronicle. By examining the media's use of descriptors, quotes, wording, and images, he explores how media framed and created positive/negative tone for government and private sectors for their roles in response and initial recovery processes. Besides research experience, Asger also has four years of teaching experience. At MSU and OSU, he worked as a teaching assistant for several courses including, Introduction to Geography, Theoretical Thinking in Sociology, and Juvenile Delinquency. Asger also has more than 3 years of professional experience. During his stay at Bangladesh, Asger worked under different capacities such as Urban Planner, Intern, and Field Enumerator with Transparency International, UNDP and Geo-Planning, and Advanced Development (GPAD).


August 2019 – May 2022 (Expected)
Doctor of Philosophy in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS.
August 2017 – May 2019
Master of Science in Sociology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
March 2010 – October 2014
Bachelor of Science in Urban and Rural Planning, Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh.


Research Interests

Hazard Communication, Social Vulnerability, Geo-spatail Analysis, Media Data Anlysis and GIS Modeling.  

Recent Publications

  • Ali, A., and Gill, G. (2020). Content Analysis of Media Framing and Agenda Setting of Hurricane Harvey's News Coverage. Poster presented at 45th Annual Natural Hazards and Application Workshop, July 12-15, 2020, Colorado, USA.
  • Abstract Access link: https://hazards.colorado.edu/workshop/2020/abstract/poster-session#conte....

    Poster Link: https:// pheedloop.s3. amazonaws. com/media/events/EVEZAFPOPSQQQ/ files/ 313580 _Poster_Asger_NHW_2020_12-13July.pdf

  • Ali, A. Sowgat, T., and Roy, S. (2015). Regeneration Guidelines for the Neighborhoods of Khulna City, Bangladesh (abstract Published). Paper presented at 1st International Conference of Sustainable Development at the University of Liberal Arts (ULAB), 4-5 February 2016, Dhaka Bangladesh.