Graduate Research Assistant
Lynn Letukas is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. She received a B.A. in geography from Millersville University of Pennsylvania As an undergraduate, she was a research assistant for two years at the Center for Disaster Research and Education (CDRE) where she worked on several projects including a super computer tsunami data sharing project, a community response and preparedness program and quick response research to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. She also participated in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the Disaster Research Center in 2005.
Lynn joined the DRC in September 2006. She earned her Masters in Sociology from the University of Delaware in 2008. Her masters thesis examined the international humanitarian aid response after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Her areas of interests include: environmental sociology, environmental justice, social science research methods, race, class and gender, social construction and sociology of disaster.
At DRC, Lynn is currently a gradaute research assistant on DRC’s project on improvisation and sensemaking in sudden crises which is a collaborative project between the University of Delaware and the University of North Texas. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the University of Delaware Research Foundation. The focus of this research is on the unplanned waterborne evacuation of hundreds of thousands of commuters from Lower Manhattan and the subsequent improvised boat-lift of supplies and equipment into the city. This study examines organizational improvisation and sensemaking under conditions of rapid change and urgent needs for decision of action.