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
Diversity in the City
U.S. Housing Policy
Foundations of Sociology
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.