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Elizabeth Frankenberg

Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

My work focuses on how individuals and families respond to unexpected changes and how government programs and policies can help them adapt. Much of my research is about Indonesia before and after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. I draw on household and community survey data that my colleagues and I have collected over the past 15 years, in combination with high resolution satellite imagery, to investigate how the disaster and subsequent recovery affect health and well-being at the population level.


  • 2007–present
    Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University