Elizabeth Bittel

Curriculum Vitae



Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder

Dissertation Title: “Disaster Recovery, Social Capital, and the Sri Lankan Context: A Comparative Study of Two Communities in Batticaloa"
Dissertation Committee: Co-Chairs - Kathleen Tierney and Jill Harrison, Don Grant, Rachel Rinaldo, Dennis McGilvray (Anthropology), Amy Javernick-Will (Engineering)


Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Welfare, summa cum laude, University of North Florida

Awards & Honors


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. ($1,000)


Book Chapter

Peek L, Austin J, Bittel E, Domingue S, and Villarreal M (2018). Children Take Charge: Helping Behaviors and Organized Action among Young People after Hurricane Katrina. In: Haeffele S and Storr V (eds) Bottom Up Responses to Crisis. Springer. (Forthcoming)

Book Review

Peek, Lori and Elizabeth Bittel (2019). Review of Sites Unseen: Uncovering Hidden Hazards in American Cities, by Scott Frickel and James R. Elliott. Human Ecology Review, 25(1).

Teaching Materials

Bittel, Elizabeth. “Teaching About the 2004 Tsunami.” For: American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies. View teaching module: http://www.aisls.org/resources/teaching-about-sri-lanka/the-2004-tsunami/