Kathleen J. Tierney

Kathleen Tierney is professor emerita in the Department of Sociology and a research professor at the Natural Hazards Center in the Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder. She is a former director of the Natural Hazards Center and of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. Tierney is the author of The Social Roots of Risk (Stanford University Press, 2014), Disasters: A Sociological Approach (Polity Press, 2019) and many other publications on the societal dimensions of hazards, disasters, and risk. She has served on several National Academies panels and committees dealing primarily with climate-change decision-making, and she is currently a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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