Professor Emerita

Years of Service



Kathleen Tierney (Ph.D. Ohio State University, 1979) is Professor Emerita of Sociology and the former Director of the Natural Hazards Center, part of the Environment and Society Program in the Institute of Behavioral Science. She conducts research on hazards, disasters, and risk, with an emphasis on the political economy of disasters. Her qualitative research expertise includes quick-response field research following disasters; in-depth interviewing; qualitative evaluation research; and focus group methods. Professor Tierney teaches courses on qualitative data collection and analysis.