Lori Peek is Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at Colorado State University. She is also an Adjunct Research Scientist at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University. She is currently involved in several research projects, including a participatory project on children’s recovery after the Joplin tornado and the Slave Lake wildfires; a five-year project on the potential mental and physical health effects of the BP Oil Spill on children; a study of risk perception and evacuation behavior in hurricane-prone communities along the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic Coasts; a global examination of earthquake risk reduction activities; and a state-wide survey of disaster preparedness among childcare providers in Colorado. She is co-principal investigator on the Youth Creating Disaster Recovery (YCDR) project and co-founder and co-director of the SHOREline disaster recovery and youth empowerment program. Dr. Peek has published widely on the sociology of disasters and is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, co-author of Children of Katrina, and co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora. Behind the Backlash received the Distinguished Book Award from the Midwest Sociological Society in 2012 and the Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity in 2013. In 2009, the American Sociological Association Section on Children and Youth honored Dr. Peek with its Early Career Award for Outstanding Scholarship.
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