Finding Equilibrium? Children’s Recovery after Hurricane Katrina

Prof Lori Peek

Director, Natural Hazards Centre, University of Colorado Boulder



In 2005, Hurricane Katrina led to the largest and most abrupt population displacement in modern U.S. history. Over a third of the Louisiana and Mississippi residents who were dislocated from their homes were children. Many of these children moved from state to state and community to community, with thousands experiencing prolonged educational disruption. This presentation will focus closely on the stories of some of those child survivors, and it will draw broader lessons regarding children, vulnerability, capacity, and disaster recovery.



Brief Bio:

Lori Peek is director of the Natural Hazards Center and professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. She studies vulnerable populations in disaster and has conducted field investigations in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil Spill, the Christchurch earthquakes, the Joplin tornado, Superstorm Sandy, and Hurricane Matthew. Peek is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, and co-author of Children of Katrina.