Lori Peek
Professor • Director of the Natural Hazards Center • Institute of Behavioral Science

Office: KTCH 286

Office Hours: M 3:15-4:15PM, W 3:15-4:15PM

Biography

Lori Peek is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She studies vulnerable populations in disaster and is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, and co-author of Children of Katrina. Behind the Backlash received the Distinguished Book Award from the Midwest Sociological Society and the Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity. Children of Katrina received the Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Children and Youth and the Alfred and Betty McClung Best Book Award from the Association for Humanist Sociologists, and was named a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards. In 2016, Dr. Peek, received honorable mention for the Leo Goodman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sociological Methodology from the American Sociological Association Section on Methodology. And in 2009, the American Sociological Association Section on Children and Youth honored Dr. Peek with the Early Career Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

In addition to the recognition for her scholarship, Dr. Peek has received nearly a dozen awards for her teaching and mentoring. Perhaps most notably, she received the Board of Governor’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, which is the highest teaching honor bestowed at Colorado State University. Dr. Peek regularly works with graduate and undergraduate research and teaching assistants, and has mentored numerous doctoral and master’s students over the past decade. 

Dr. Peek is past Chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Environment and Technology and is currently the President of the Research Committee on Disasters for the International Sociological Association. She is a Board Member for the William Averette Anderson Fund, which is dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented professionals in hazards and disaster research. She is also and an appointed member of the National Academies Resilience Roundtable.

Dr. Peek earned a B.A. in Sociology from Ottawa University in 1997, a M.Ed. in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2005. She was a faculty member at Colorado State University from 2005-2016.