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Kathleen Tierney is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Disaster Research Center
at the University of Delaware. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Ohio State
University and did postdoctoral work at the University of California, Los Angeles. She
has held research and adjunct appointments at both UCLA and the University of
Southern California, and she came to the University of Delaware from the University of
California at Irvine in 1989.

With over two decades of experience in the disaster field, she has been involved in
research on many different disaster events, including earthquakes in California and
Japan, floods in the Midwest, and Hurricanes Hugo and Andrew. Since September 11,
she has been directing a major study on the organizational and community response
in New York following the attack on the World Trade Center.

Her other current and recent research projects include studies on public perceptions of
the earthquake threat in the Northern California Bay Area, the implementation of FEMA's
Project Impact in communities around the US, real-time warning systems for
earthquakes, and the business impacts of disasters. Tierney is the author of dozens of
articles, book chapters, and technical reports on the social aspects of hazards,
disasters, and risk, including articles in The International Journal of Mass Emergencies
and Disasters, The Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Sociological
Spectrum, Sociological Forum, Natural Hazards Review
, and Prehospital and Disaster
. Her publications also include Disasters, Collective Behavior, and Social
(1994), co-edited with Russell Dynes, and Facing the Unexpected: Disaster
Preparedness and Response in the United States
(2001), co-authored with Michael K.
Lindell and Ronald W. Perry. She is a member of the editorial boards of Natural Hazards
Review and Sociological Inquiry

Curriculum Vitae


Kathleen Tierney

Professor, Department of Sociology
Natural Hazards Research and
Applications Information Center
Institute of Behavioral Science #6
University of Colorado at Boulder

Boulder, Colorado 80309-0482
Phone: 303-492-6818
Fax: 303-492-2151
email: tierneyk@colorado.edu