Elizabeth Bittel

About Me


"Bittel" rhymes with "little"

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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

  • Environmental Justice

  • Humanitarian Response and International ‘Development’

  • Ethnographic Methods

  • 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.