Ph.D. in Sociology expected Spring 2019, University of Colorado at 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)
B.A. in Sociology and Social Welfare, Minor in Social Studies Education, summa cum laude University of North Florida, Jacksonville, 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)
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. Review of Sites Unseen: Uncovering Hidden Hazards in American Cities, by Scott Frickel and James R. Elliott. Under review at the Human Ecology Review.
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/
Advanced Manuscript in Preparation for Journal Submission
Bittel, Elizabeth. “Tourism Development in Sri Lanka’s East Coast, Long-Term Recovery from the 2004 Tsunami.”
Related Professional & Research Experience
2010 - 2011
Research Associate, National Council on Crime & Delinquency (NCCD), Center for Girls and Young Women
The former directors of the NCCD Center for Girls and Young Women have shifted organizationally, and are now operating the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center in Jacksonville, Florida. I was hired in the center during my undergraduate internship (fall 2010) and worked full time in 2011 until I began graduate school.
As the inaugural undergraduate intern in the center, I played an instrumental role in forming the internship program both while I was a student and afterwards. My central tasks during my time at NCCD included development of the undergraduate internship program and working on an outreach project aimed at addressing the needs of "at risk elementary-aged girls" in Jacksonville's public schools. My involvement with the outreach program was holistic, and included development of curriculum, guidelines, and objectives for the initiative, direct service provision, and program evaluation research.
2008 - 2010
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives (CCI), University of North Florida
Under the guidance of Dr. Jeffry Will, Director of the on-campus research firm and Sociology Professor at University of North Florida, I worked as an undergraduate research assistant on a number of community-oriented projects in Jacksonville. My work included data entry and analysis, database management, technical reporting, evaluation research, and direct-service provision.