Lori Peek is a Research Associate Professor with the New York University College of Global Public Health and the Program on Population Impact, Recovery and Resiliency. She is also Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at Colorado State University. She is currently involved in several research projects, including a participatory project on children’s recovery after the Joplin tornado, the Slave Lake wildfires, and the High River floods; a five-year project on the potential mental and physical health effects of the BP Oil Spill on children; a study of risk perception and evacuation behavior in hurricane-prone communities along the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic Coasts; a global examination of earthquake risk reduction activities; and a state-wide survey of disaster preparedness among childcare providers in Colorado. She and Dr. David Abramson co-founded and co-direct the SHOREline youth empowerment and disaster recovery program. She also co-directs the Youth Creating Disaster Recovery project along with Dr. Robin Cox. Peek has published widely on the sociology of disasters and is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, co-author of Children of Katrina, and co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora. Behind the Backlash received the Distinguished Book Award from the Midwest Sociological Society in 2012 and the Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity in 2013. In 2009, the American Sociological Association Section on Children and Youth honored her with its Early Career Award for Outstanding Scholarship. She has also been named Professor of the Year and has received the Best Teacher Award and the Ann Gill Excellence in Teaching Award from Colorado State University. Dr. Peek is the chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Environment and Technology; the President of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Disasters; and an appointed member of the National Academies Resilient America Roundtable. She also serves on the Board of the William Averette Anderson Fund for expanding inclusive disaster planning for communities of color.