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  • Jennifer Trivedi, Assistant Professor

    Assistant Professor
    Disaster Research Center Core Faculty
    University of Delaware
    Newark, DE 19716


    Jennifer (Jenn) Trivedi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and a Core Faculty member at the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. Her work focuses on the historical and cultural contexts surrounding disaster vulnerability, response, recovery, resilience, and decision-making. She has a book under contract with Lexington Books that focuses on long-term recovery in Biloxi, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Trivedi received her Ph.D. and MA in Anthropology from the University of Iowa and her BA in History from the University of Georgia. Her dissertation, Biloxi’s Recovery from Katrina: Long-Term Influences and Inequalities, examined political economy, vulnerability, and cultural-historical context in long-term recovery from Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, building on her ethnographic fieldwork there in 2006 and 2010-2011. Dr. Trivedi was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the DRC from 2016 to 2018 working on a large NSF funded evacuation study, collaborating extensively with civil engineers and atmospheric scientists, and conducting quick response research following flooding in Louisiana, Hurricane Matthew and related inland flooding, and the false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii. She is a current member and former co-chair of the Risk and Disaster Topical Interest Group (R&D TIG) in the Society for Applied Anthropology (SFAA) and runs their Twitter account (@RiskDisasterTIG).

    Research Interests Anthropology, applied anthropology, interdisciplinary work, ethnographic fieldwork, rapid response fieldwork, qualitative research focused on the cultural and historical contexts of disaster vulnerability, response, recovery, resilience, and decision making, long-term disaster recovery, cycles of disasters.



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  • Department of Anthropology
  • 135 Munroe Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-1851
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