Graduate Research Assistant
Bethany Brown is currently a Ph.D. student at the DRC. She received her MA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Applied Sociology. After taking a year to teach full time at her alma mater McDaniel College, she entered the Ph.D. program at University of Delaware.
Bethany joined the DRC in January 2006 to conduct immediate field work in New Orleans, and is currently a graduate research assistant on an NSF funded Small Grant for Exploratory Research in which DRC is collaborating with civil engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in an examination of the characteristics of the supply chain following Hurricane Katrina. She supervises undergraduate researchers working on this project and also served as a graduate mentor to a student participating in the Disaster Research Center’s NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate Site Program. Her teaching and research interests include gender and disaster, social vulnerability, domestic violence and social theory.
Bethany is also writing her dissertation on organizational response and recovery of domestic violence shelters in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, in which these research and teaching interests intersect.