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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Jessica W. Pardee

faculty photoAssistant Professor of Sociology

Jessica W. Pardee, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of sociology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Pardee earned her degree in 2009 from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where she was enrolled at the time of Hurricane Katrina. In 2014, she published the book Surviving Katrina, a study of the survival strategies of low-income, African-American women during and following the hurricane. This book and related research investigates the intersection of race, class, gender, and geography, in relation to disaster preparedness, lived experience, and recovery. Dr. Pardee also devotes time to examining the meaning of conducting research on traumatic community events from a reflexive perspective. Additional projects include assessing the disaster preparedness of childcare facilities in the greater Rochester, NY metropolitan area, and using agent-based modeling to forecast the effects of family evacuation patterns on decision-making and timeliness.

Education

Ph.D. Tulane University, Sociology, May 2009
Dissertation: “Evacuation, Extended Displacement, and Recovery: Responses of Low-income Women to the Hurricane Katrina Disaster.” Director: Martha K. Huggins
M.A. Tulane University, Sociology, 2001
Thesis: “A Prenuptial for the Masses: Examining the Theory and Implementation of Covenant Marriage in Louisiana.” Director: James D. Wright
B.A. Tulane University, Sociology, 1999.

Areas of Specialization

Disasters
Race Relations
Urban Sociology
Research Methods
Policy Evaluation

Courses

Selected Publications

Books

Pardee, Jessica Warner. 2014. Surviving Katrina:The Experiences of Low-Income African American Women. Boulder: First Forum Press/Lynne Rienner Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-62637-044-9

Journal Articles, Book Chapters, and Essays

Long, Michael, Bernard Brooks, Patrick Morabito, Jennifer Schneider, and Jessica Pardee. Accepted, Forthcoming. “The Relationship between Social and Hierarchical Communication Networks in Rural Emergency Response.” International Journal of Emergency Management (IJEM).

Peek, Lori, Alice Fothergill, Jessica W. Pardee, and Lynn Weber. 2014. “Studying Displacement: New Networks, Lessons Learned.” Sociological Inquiry 84(3): 354-359.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2012. “Living through Displacement: Housing Insecurity among Low-Income Evacuees.” Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, Lynn Weber and Lori Peek, Eds. University of Texas Press: Austin, TX.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2007, Reprint 2011. “Using Simmel to Survive: The Blasé Attitude as a Disaster Reaction and Response.” Pp. 151-168 in Narrating the Storm: Sociological Stories of Hurricane Katrina. Danielle A. Hidalgo and Kristen Barber, Eds. Cambridge Scholar Publishing: Newcastle, U.K.

Barber, Kristen, Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo, Timothy J. Haney, Stan Weeber, Jessica W. Pardee, and Jennifer Day. 2007. “Narrating the Storm: Storytelling as a Methodological Approach to Understanding Hurricane Katrina.” Journal of Public Management and Social Policy 13(2): 99-120.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2006. “Welfare Reform and Housing Retrenchment: What Happens When Two Policies Collide?” Pp. 133-139 in The Promise of Welfare Reform: Political Rhetoric and the Reality of Poverty in the Twenty-First Century. Keith M. Kilty and Elizabeth A. Segal, Eds. Haworth: Binghamton, NY.

Pardee, Jessica W. and Kevin Fox Gotham. 2005. “HOPE VI, Section 8, and the Contradictions of Low-Income Housing Policy.” Journal of Poverty 9(2): 1-21.

Sanchez, Laura, Steve Nock, James D. Wright, Jessica Pardee and Marcel Ionescu. 2001. “The Implementation of Covenant Marriage in Louisiana.” Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law 9(1): 192-223.

Community Reports

Selected Grants

Recipient. 2014. Interactive Learning Grant: Clybourne Park. Rochester Institute of Technology, Division of Student Affairs. ($250)

Principal Investigator. 2012. Escaping Disaster Together: An Agent Based Model of Evacuation for Family Units. Rochester Institute of Technology START (Strategic Acceleration of Research for Tenure Track Faculty) Grant. ($10,000)

Co-principal Investigator, 2012. Rochester Monroe County Urban Area Security Initiative – Child Care Emergency Planning Services. PI: Schneider, Jennifer; Co-PIs: Carol Romanowski and Jessica Pardee. Funding Agency: Monroe County, NY, Child Care Center Emergency Planning Services Program. ($38,594)

Recipient. 2011. RIT College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Grant, Disseminating Research Across Disciplines. ($3000)

Selected Presentations

Pardee, Jessica and Deborah Blizzard. 2014. “The Methodology of Trauma: A Comparative Case Study of Researcher Reactions in the Data Collection Process.” Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. Baltimore, MD.

Pardee, Jessica and Brian Barry. 2013. “After the Flood: Reconstructed Lives and World Views among Believers following Hurricane Katrina.” Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. Boston, MA.

Pardee, Jessica Warner, Michael Long, and Shannon Trudeau. 2012. “Escaping Disaster Together: An Agent Based Model of Evacuation for Family Units.” Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association. Mobile, AL.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2012. “Receiving Communities.” Displaced Community Conversation and Book Signing Event. Ashe Cultural Center, New Orleans, LA. October 20, 2012.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2012. Presentation on the Monroe High School Restorative Practices Survey Final Report. Survey results presented to the Monroe High School administration and PiRI, both of Rochester, NY.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2011. “Racial Displacement in Post-Katrina New Orleans.” Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association. Little Rock, AR.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2011. “Hurricane Katrina: Survivor as Author; Method as Recovery?” Annual Meeting of the Oral History Association. Denver, CO.

Pardee, Jessica. 2011. Panel Presenter: “Displaced: An Intersectional Analysis of Life in the Katrina Diaspora.” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2009. “Teaching Race and Ethnicity: Turning Sensitive Issues into Successful Discussions.” Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association. Lafayette, LA.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2009. “Self-sufficiency versus Dependence: Policy Implications of a Weakening National Community.” Thematic session: Reconsidering Community in the Aftermath of Katrina. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2009. “Communication, Authority and Education - Defining the New Social Contract in Online Teaching.” Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association. Lafayette, LA.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2009. “Survival Strategies in Disaster Recovery: How Poor Families ‘Make It’ after Hurricane Katrina.” Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society. New Orleans, LA.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2008. “From KDHAP to Homelessness? Examining Federal Housing Policy in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.” Annual Meeting of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology. Jacksonville, FL.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2008. “When, where, and how? Understanding the Hurricane Katrina Evacuation Decisions of Low-income Women from New Orleans.” Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society. Richmond, VA.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2007. “What about Us? A Reconceptualization of Disaster Recovery among Poor New Orleans Women following Hurricane Katrina.” Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association. Mobile, Alabama.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2007. “Social Inequality and Recovery in the Gulf Coast.” Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association. Mobile, Alabama.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2007. “Social Science Research Council Working Group on Persons Displaced by Hurricane Katrina.” Sociologists for Women in Society, Winter Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2006. “New Orleans’ Public Housing Residents and Hurricane Katrina.” Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society. New Orleans, LA.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2006. “Storytelling Sociology.” Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society. New Orleans, LA.

Pardee, Jessica W. 2006. “Disaster Experiences of Low-Income Families Facing Hurricane Katrina: Research Methods and Challenges.” SSRC Conference on Tracking Hurricane Katrina Evacuees. New Orleans, Louisiana. (By Invitation)