Elizabeth Bittel

Curriculum Vitae


Expected spring 2019

Ph.D. in Sociology, 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)


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


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. Review of Sites Unseen: Uncovering Hidden Hazards in American Cities, by Scott Frickel and James R. Elliott. Under review at the Human Ecology Review.

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/

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.