William E. Lovekamp, Ph.D.

Dr. Lovekamp is Associate Professor of Sociology at Eastern Illinois University. He received his PhD in Sociology from Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale and his dissertation examined racial and ethnic, gender, and social class differences in preparedness for California earthquakes. He has published on women’s unique experiences and resilience to floods in Bangladesh, college student disaster preparedness, and social change and empowerment in disasters and presented numerous papers on these issues as well. He is a co-editor of a forthcoming second edition of “Social Vulnerability to Disasters” with Brenda Phillips, Deborah Thomas and Alice Fothergill. He is also currently mapping all warning communication sirens for the Coles County, IL Emergency Management Agency. He is a member of the U.S. Gender and Disaster Resilience Alliance, the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, the International Gender and Disaster Network, the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Disasters, co-organizer of the IRCD Researchers Meeting at the Annual Natural Hazards Workshop at the University of Colorado-Boulder and is an advisory council member and disaster response volunteer for the Coles & Clark Counties, IL Branch Office of the American Red Cross.

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