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Jessica Pardee

Associate Professor
Department of Science, Technology, and Society
College of Liberal Arts

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Jessica Pardee

Associate Professor
Department of Science, Technology, and Society
College of Liberal Arts


BA, MA, Ph.D., Tulane University


Jessica W. Pardee, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Science, Technology, and Society Department 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.


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

Race Relations
Urban Sociology
Research Methods
Policy Evaluation


Diversity in the City

Qualitative Methods

Urban Poverty

U.S. Housing Policy

Foundations of Sociology

Urban Experience

Quantitative Research

Selected Publications

Intro to Environmental Studies

STS - Special Topics


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.


Currently Teaching

3 Credits
Modern society is increasingly based on technology. With each advance due to technology, unanticipated problems are also introduced. Society must define and solve these problems or the advances may be diluted or lost. In this course we study several interactions between technology and the world in which we live. We investigate how various technologies developed and compare the expected effects of the new technologies with the actual results.
3 Credits
This course explores the concepts and effects of science and technology on society, analyzes the relationship between science and technology, examines how each has come to play a major role today, and looks at how science and technology have affected and been affected by our values. This course also considers the environmental aspects of science and technology. Science and technology are often assumed to be value free, yet people, guided by individual and societal values, develop the science and technology. In turn, the choices people make among the opportunities provided by science and technology are guided by their individual values.
3 Credits
This course explores the human condition within an environmental context by emphasizing critical environmental problems facing humans on both a global and regional scale. The approach will be interdisciplinary. The issues, their causes, and their potential solutions will be analyzed with respect to ethical, social, historical, political, scientific, and technological factors.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Pardee, Jessica W, et al. "The collective method: collaborative social science research and scholarly accountability." Qualitative Research 18. 6 (2018): 671-688. Print.
Pardee, Jessica W., et al. "Studying Displacement: New Networks, Lessons Learned." Sociological Inquiry 84. 3 (2014): 354-359. Print.
Pardee, Jessica W., et al. "The Relationship Between Social and Hierarchical Communication Networks in Rural Emergency Response." International Journal of Emergency Management 10. 2 (2014): 122-134. Print.
Book Chapter
Pardee, Jessica W. "Trauma Survivor as Author: Method as Recovery." Rethinking Disaster Recovery: A Hurricane Katrina Retrospective. Ed. Jeannie Haubert. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2015. 139-151. Print.
Full Length Book
Pardee, Jessica W. Surviving Katrina: The Experiences of Low-Income African American Women. 1st ed. Boulder, CO: FirstForumPress/Lynne Rienner, 2014. Print.
Pardee, Jessica. Surviving Katrina. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner/First Forum Press, 2014. Print.
Pardee, Jessica. Surviving Katrina. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner/FirstForumPress, 2014. Print.
Invited Article/Publication
Peek, Lori, et al. "Studying Displacement: New Networks, Lessons Learned." Sociological Inquiry. (2014). Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Pardee, Jessica. "The Methodology of Trauma: A Comparative Case Study of Researcher Reactions in the Data Collection Process." Eastern Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Eastern Sociological Association. Baltimore, MD. 1 Feb. 2014. Conference Presentation.