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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.


Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Pardee, Jessica W and Patricia Tweet. "Medical Gentrification and Transposition: Health Care Systems as Urban Redevelopers." Sociological Spectrum 41. 3 (2021): 229-254. Print.
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.
Published Conference Proceedings
Pardee, Jessica W, Jennifer Schneider, and CIndy Lam. "Childcare in COVID-19: assessing resilience of service critical infrastructures." Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST), Virtual Conference. Ed. N/A. Virtual, VIrtual: 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST), Web.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation or Conference Paper
Dana, Greene,, Jessica Pardee, and et al. "Research in Progress: Redefining Family Under COVID-19." Proceedings of the Natural Hazards Workshop. Ed. N/A. Boulder, CO: National Hazards Center.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Jessica, Pardee,. "Social Vulnerabilities and COVID-19." Event 2 in the Living & Leading through Pandemic: A Critical Thinking and Discussion Series. RIT. ROCHESTER, NY. 2 Jun. 2020. Address.
Jessica, Pardee,. "“Redefining Family Under COVID-19.”." CONVERGE Virtual Forum: COVID-19 Working Groups for Public Health and Social Sciences Research. Natural Hazards Center. Boulder, CO. 3 Apr. 2020. Address.
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.
National/International Competition Award Winner
Pardee, Jessica W. Mid-South Sociological Association. Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award. Chattanooga, TN, 2017.
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.

Currently Teaching

3 Credits
Examines how local, state, federal and international policies are developed to influence innovation, the transfer of technology and industrial productivity in the United States and other selected nations.
3 Credits
This course introduces the interdisciplinary foundations of environmental science via an analysis of sustainability within a socio-cultural context. This is a required course for the environmental science degree program.
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
Disasters represent a disruption to daily life, with technological disasters defined as disasters resulting from human-made causes, where failures in modern technology create both acute and ongoing dangers for communities. This course focuses on how human technological advances can have adverse impacts on the communities those innovations are meant to improve. Through an investigation of technological systems and case-specific technologies, combined with ecological, social, and political systems, the causes, consequences, and long-term implications of technological disasters are considered. The course will examine cases that range from the actual to the anticipated, such as the New Orleans levee failures, Flint water crisis, Dalkon shield contraception, large-scale networked hacks, CRISPR-created and/or naturally-occurring superviruses, voting poll technology failures, and AI, in the context of the societal systems of modern industrial capitalism. Special attention will be paid to aspects of social vulnerability which make the impacts of technological disasters different for various sub-populations within their respective communities.
1 - 6 Credits
This course will focus on a special problem or topical area in the field of STS. Topics and specific content and methods vary from year to year or Semester to Semester. This course may count for minors and immersions with the permission of the Department. The STS Department Chair and individual instructors may be contacted for details.
3 Credits
Examines how federal and international policies are developed to influence research and development, innovation, and the transfer of technology in the United States and other selected nations. Students in the course will apply basic policy skills, concepts, and methods to contemporary science and technology policy topics.