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IBS Associations

Environment and Society Program

Research Affiliate, Natural Hazards Center

Research Interests

social dimensions of hazards and disasters, including natural, technological, and human-induced extreme events

Brief Biography

Kathleen Tierney (Ph.D. Ohio State University, 1979) is Professor of Sociology and former Director of the Natural Hazards Center (from 2003 until 2016), part of the Environment and Society Program in the Institute of Behavioral Science. She conducts research on hazards, disasters, and risk, with an emphasis on the political economy of disasters. Her qualitative research expertise includes quick-response field research following disasters; in-depth interviewing; qualitative evaluation research; and focus group methods. Professor Tierney teaches courses on qualitative data collection and analysis.