We are excited to formally announce that Lori Peek, Ph.D. — one of the members of our Board of Directors and a dear friend of the Bill Anderson Fund — officially began the next chapter in her career this January as Director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Learn more about Lori below:
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 addition to the recognition for her scholarship, Dr. Peek has received nearly a dozen awards for her teaching and mentoring. Perhaps most notably, she was awarded the Board of Governor’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, which is the highest teaching honor bestowed at Colorado State University.
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 and an appointed member of the National Academies Resilience Roundtable and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Resilience Observatory.
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, and she holds joint appointments at the Program on Population Impact, Recovery, and Resiliency at New York University and at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University.