"Bittel" rhymes with "little"
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I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Sociology/Anthropology Department at SUNY Cortland (State University of New York College).
In 2019, I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder where I received focused training in Environmental Sociology, and worked as a Graduate Research Assistant and the Internship Coordinator at the Natural Hazards Center at the Institute of Behavioral Science.
My dissertation and ongoing research focuses on long-term recovery from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and Civil War (1983 - 2009) in communities in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.
Areas of expertise:
Sociology of Environment
Social Dimensions of Disasters and Hazards
Humanitarian Response and International ‘Development’
Sri Lanka and Tamil Culture
I was born in Key West, raised in South Florida, and earned my undergraduate degree at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
I have been raised and mentored by teachers who have instilled in me the value of an ecological mindset and trained me to be a sociologist and educator who is deeply committed to sharing and interrogating this perspective with students.
I believe that educators and students of social science and environment are among the most well-poised to be successful mobilizers towards a more ecological society.
Recent Updates & Upcoming Events
Recipient of Ralph and Barbara Dakin Award for outstanding scholarship that contributes to peace, inter-cultural understanding, resolution conflict, and/or amelioration of important social problems. Department of Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder.
“On Temple Adornment: Grief and Pain, Intimacy and Solidarity in Tattoo Ritual” photo exhibition to be on permanent display at the Firestone Library at Princeton University. (May 2019 - onward)