After Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005, Lori Peek received funding from the National Science Foundation, alongside Project Investigator Kate Browne, and the Midwest Sociological Society to conduct a study of children and families who were displaced to Colorado. Peek led her own study and mentored and co-mentored two graduate student theses and one undergraduate honors thesis.
In the months following Hurricane Katrina, more than 4,500 Gulf Coast families (approximately 14,000 individuals) relocated to Colorado. Although evacuees could be found in all sixty-four counties in Colorado, most landed in the two largest cities-Denver (6,500 evacuees) and Colorado Springs (4,000 evacuees)-with hundreds of others settling in midsize cities like Boulder, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, and Pueblo. This research focused primarily on evacuees in the Denver metropolitan area, home to approximately 2.4 million people.
Browne, Katherine and Lori Peek. “Beyond the IRB: An Ethical Toolkit for Long-term Disaster Research.” International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 32(1): 82-120.
Peek, Lori, Alice Fothergill, Jessica W. Pardee, and Lynn Weber. "Studying Displacement: New Networks, Lessons Learned*" Sociological Inquiry 84(3) August, 354–359.
Peek, Lori. “They Call it ‘Katrina Fatigue’: Displaced Families and Discrimination in Colorado.” Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, edited by L. Weber and L. Peek, pp. 31-46. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Weber, Lynn and Lori Peek, eds. Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Weber, Lynn and Lori Peek. “Documenting Displacement.” Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, edited by L. Weber and L. Peek, pp. 1-20. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Peek, Lori, Bridget Morrissey, and Holly Marlatt. “Disaster Hits Home: A Model of Displaced Family Adjustment after Hurricane Katrina.” Journal of Family Issues 32(10): 1371-1396.
Peek, Lori and Krista Richardson. 2010. “In Their Own Words: Displaced Children’s Educational Recovery Needs after Hurricane Katrina.” Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 4(3).
Tobin-Gurley, Jennifer, Lori Peek, and Jennifer Loomis. 2010. “Displaced Single Mothers in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Resource Needs and Resource Acquisition.” International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 28(2): 170-206.
Peek, Lori and Alice Fothergill. 2008. “Displacement, Gender, and the Challenges of Parenting after Hurricane Katrina.” National Women’s Studies Association Journal 20(3): 69-105.
Peek, Lori, Jeannette Sutton, and Judy Gump. 2008. “Caring for Children in the Aftermath of Disaster: The Church of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services Program.” Children, Youth, and Environments 18(1): 408-421.
Jennifer Tobin-Gurley. 2008. "Hurricane Katrina: Displaced Single Mothers, Resource Acquisition, and Downward Mobility.” Master’s Thesis, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University. (Thesis Chair: Professor Lori Peek)
*Winner, 2011 Annual Hazards and Disasters Student Paper Competition, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado at Boulder.
*Winner, 2011 Graduate Student Paper Competition, U.S. Gender and Disaster Resilience Alliance.
Megan Underhill. 2008. “Katrina’s Displacement: The Untold Consequences of Disaster Resettlement in Colorado.” Master’s Thesis, Department of Anthropology, Colorado State University.(Thesis Chair: Professor Katherine Browne)
Undergraduate Honor's Thesis
Krista Richardson. 2009. “Katrina’s Children: An Analysis of Educational Outcomes among Displaced Children in Colorado.” Undergraduate Honor’s Thesis, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University. (Thesis Chair: Professor Lori Peek)
*Winner, 2009 Annual Hazards and Disasters Student Paper Competition, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado at Boulder.