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
Selected Grants & Fellowships
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship from the American Institute for Indian Studies and Institute for Regional Studies at University of Wisconsin--Madison for Summer 2017 Tamil Language Intensive in Madurai, India ($8,000)
American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies Curriculum Development Grant: Teaching About the 2004 Tsunami ($1000)
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)
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)
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).
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/