I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder with focused training in Environmental Sociology, and a Graduate Research Assistant and the Internship Coordinator at the Natural Hazards Center. My dissertation research focuses on long-term recovery from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and Civil War (1983 - 2009) in communities in Sri Lanka.
I will be joining the Sociology/Anthropology Department at SUNY Cortland, as an Assistant Professor of Sociology, in August 2019.
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.
"Bittel" rhymes with "little"