Welcome to the 314th of the COVIDCalls, a daily discussion of the COVID-19 pandemic with a diverse collection of disaster experts. My name is Kim Fortun, standing in for COVID Calls host Scott Gabriel Knowles, I am a cultural anthropologist who studies disaster and environmental health vulnerability. I’m calling in from the Department of Anthropology, University of California Irvine, on the native lands of the Tongva and Acjachemen.
Lori Peek is professor in the Department of Sociology and director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. She also directs the NSF-funded CONVERGE facility, which is dedicated to advancing convergence research for the hazards and disaster field. She studies vulnerable populations in disaster and is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, and co-author of Children of Katrina.