- CORE FACULTY, Disaster Research Center
- Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
OFFICE: 138 Munroe Hall
Jennifer (Jenn) Trivedi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and a Core Faculty member at the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. Her work focuses on the historical and cultural contexts surrounding disasters, including decision-making, timing, response, and recovery. Her ongoing examines the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on different groups in the United States, hurricane evacuation decision making and timing as part of an interdisciplinary team, varied cultural aspects of disasters, and long-term recovery processes.
Dr. Trivedi has a book out with Lexington Books, Mississippi after Katrina: Disaster Recovery & Reconstruction on the Gulf Coast, examining the cultural-historical context in long-term recovery from Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Mississippi, building on her ethnographic fieldwork in 2006 and 2010-2011.
She received her Ph.D. and MA in Anthropology from the University of Iowa and her BA in History from the University of Georgia. Dr. Trivedi was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the DRC from 2016 to 2018, working on a large NSF funded evacuation study, collaborating extensively with civil engineers and atmospheric scientists, and conducting quick response research following flooding in Louisiana, Hurricane Matthew and related inland flooding, and the false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii.
She is a current member and Social Media Manager (@RiskDisasterTIG) of the Risk and Disaster Topical Interest Group (R&D TIG) in the Society for Applied Anthropology (SFAA), as well as a former R&D TIG co-chair.
disaster anthropology; applied anthropology; cultural and historical contexts of disasters; disaster vulnerability, response, recovery, resilience, and decision making; long-term disaster recovery; concurrent and compounding disasters; historic cycles of disasters; inequality, inequity, and risk; disaster perception and memory; anthropology’s role in interdisciplinary and public work and outreach