Tierney is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Disaster Research
at the University of Delaware. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from
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
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
research on many different disaster events, including earthquakes in
Japan, floods in the Midwest, and Hurricanes Hugo and Andrew. Since
she has been directing a major study on the organizational and community
in New York following the attack on the World Trade Center.
other current and recent research projects include studies on public
the earthquake threat in the Northern California Bay Area, the implementation
Project Impact in communities around the US, real-time warning systems
earthquakes, and the business impacts of disasters. Tierney is the author
of dozens of
articles, book chapters, and technical reports on the social aspects
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
Medicine. Her publications also include Disasters, Collective
Behavior, and Social
Organization (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.