Director, Natural Hazards Center; Professor, Department of Sociology and the Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder
Kathleen Tierney is director of the Natural Hazards Center, as well as a professor in the Department of Sociology and the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. During her career she has studied a wide range of disaster events, including earthquakes in the U. S. Japan, and Haiti; major hurricanes such as Hugo, Andrew, and Katrina; various technological disasters, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York City. Her published work spans many topics, including hazard risk perceptions, disaster warnings, organizational responses to disasters, disaster recovery, social vulnerability to disasters, and the political economy of disasters. She is senior author of Facing the Unexpected: Emergency Preparedness and Response in the United States (Joseph Henry Press 2001) and co-editor of Emergency Management: Principles and Practice for Local Government (International City and County Management Association 2007). She is currently completing a book entitled Social Foundations of Risk and Resilience.
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