Lori Peek is professor in the Department of Sociology and director of the Natural Hazards Center and at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on socially marginalized populations in disaster, and she leads several efforts to move social science research into policy and practice. Peek is co-author of Children of Katrina, author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, and co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora. She also helped write Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety—which is the first comprehensive natural hazards-focused school safety guidance for the nation. Peek is the principal investigator of the National Science Foundation-supported CONVERGE facility, the Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) network, and the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Extreme Events Research (ISEEER) network.
Jill Lindsey Harrison’s research identifies cultural relations and political economic processes that disproportionately situate members of racially marginalized, Indigenous, and working-class communities in dangerous spaces and precarious conditions that contribute to inequalities in life opportunity, illness, and death. She also identifies ways the state, social movements, and other institutions can more effectively redress those inequalities. She has done so through various cases of environmental and workplace inequality in the contemporary United States; her current work focuses on government agencies’ environmental justice reform efforts. In addition to numerous articles and chapters, she published Pesticide Drift and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice (MIT Press, 2011), which won book awards from the Rural Sociological Society and the Association of Humanist Sociology, and From the Inside Out: The Fight for Environmental Justice within Government Agencies (MIT Press, 2019), which received Honorable Mention for the 2020 Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environmental Sociology. You can read about her research in these articles in Salon and The Coloradoan.
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