Lori Peek

Lori Peek is Associate Professor of Sociology  and Co-Director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis  at Colorado State University. She also serves as the Associate Chair for the Social Science Research Council Task Force on Hurricane Katrina and Rebuilding the Gulf Coast. Her work focuses on socially vulnerable populations in disaster, with a special emphasis on the experiences of low-income families, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, and children. She has conducted field research in New York City after 9/11, in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, and in New Zealand after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. She is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11  (Temple University Press, 2011) and co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora  (University of Texas Press, 2012). In 2008, she served as the Guest Editor of a special issue on children and disasters for the journal Children, Youth and Environments. In 2009, the American Sociological Association Section on Children and Youth honored Dr. Peek with the Early Career Award for Outstanding Scholarship. At Colorado State University, she has won the Greek Life Professor of the Year Award, the Alumni Association’s Best Teacher Award, the College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Waterpik Excellence in Education Award. She is currently working on several funded research projects, including a longitudinal study of risk perception and evacuation behavior in hurricane-prone communities along the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic Coasts; an examination of innovative earthquake risk reduction activities in eleven cities in high seismic risk zones around the globe; and a five-year project on the health and social effects of the BP Oil Spill on children. She has also conducted research on disability preparedness activities at the county-level, hurricane sheltering preferences among Muslim Americans, and the relocation experiences of displaced children and families after Katrina.

Dr. Peek can be reached at 970-491-6777 (office) or via email at lori.peek@colostate.edu.

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