Graduate Research Assistant
Lauren Barsky is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. She entered the graduate program after receiving a B.A in Sociology and Psychology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and joined the Disaster Research Center in the winter of 2004.
Her areas of concentration include disasters, collective behavior, social movements, gender, and the media.
Lauren completed her Master’s Thesis – entitled “Hands Off My Property!" An Assessment of the Local, National, and International Print Media's Portrayal of Looting in Disasters" – examining the local, national, and international print media’s portrayal of looting in the aftermath of 2004 Hurricanes Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne.
Lauren coordinated the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense from 2005-2007. Her other work at the center is related to the study of FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue System, a study focusing on mortality and civilian injuries in structural fires, and a study focusing on the convergence between the dynamic needs and supplies of critical resources to the site of an extreme event.