Associate Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University

Lori Peek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis (CDRA) at Colorado State University (CSU). She also holds an appointment as a Research Associate Professor, Program on Population Impacts, Recovery, and Resiliency, New York University and as an Adjunct Research Scientist, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University.

Dr Peek studies vulnerable populations in disaster, with a special emphasis on the experiences of low-income families, racial and ethnic minorities, women, and children. She is the author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11 (Temple University Press, 2011), co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora (University of Texas Press, 2012), and co-author of Children of Katrina (University of Texas Press, 2015). 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.

In 2009, the American Sociological Association Section on Children and Youth honored Dr. Peek with the Early Career Award for Outstanding Scholarship. She was named the 2010 Greek Life Professor of the Year and has received CSU’s Alumni Association Best Teacher Award, College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award, the Waterpik Excellence in Education Award, and the Ann Gill Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition, the Institute on Teaching and Learning at CSU selected her as a 2011-12 Teaching Fellow as part of a university-wide competition.

Dr Peek currently serves as the Chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Environment and Technology and President of the Research Committee on Disasters for the International Sociological Association. She is a Board Member for the William Averette Anderson Fund, which was created to expand opportunities for African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities in the field of hazards and disasters research and practice. Dr. Peek is 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.


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    Associate Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University