DRC-Disaster Research Center

Dr. Kathryn Feltey


Contact Info 

Current Title:Associate Professor and Associate Chair
Fax:  330-972-5377
E-mail:  felteyk@uakron.edu
Last Updated: 6/26/09

Brief BIO

Beyond the training and experience I received at DRC at OSU, I have not been working in disaster research.  However, much of my work has focused on displacement due to economics/ family disruption and emergency services. Most recently, I am conducting research on disaster-related topics:

Refugee Families in Northeast Ohio:  In this project we are studying Karen (from Burma) adolescents in the context of their new community with a focus on family relations, school experiences, and mental health.

Disaster, Evacuation & Social Networks:  In this project I am proposing to study the long-term effects of “hosting” evacuees from sites of disaster on both the evacuees and the host family, with a focus on relationships and well-being.

About This Alum’s Time at DRC

Years of Tenure(s): 1983-1984 
Title and/or Position(s): Graduate Research Associate
Projects worked on while at DRC:  Hurricane Alicia in Galveston and Houston, Texas
Other memories: Reading for hours in the DRC library in Derby Hall


Since Leaving DRC

Students mentored in the disaster specialization:Peggy Phillips (Undergraduate) studying the school libraries in post-Katrina New Orleans
Agencies/Institutions worked for: Department of Sociology, University of Akron                    

Other Information this Alum would like to share

Co-edited a special issue of the National Women’s Studies Association Journal, “New Orleans: Gender, The Meaning of Place, and the Politics of Displacement.” Volume 20, Number 3. Fall 2008.

Web Page: http://www3.uakron.edu/sociology/feltey.htm