Jennifer Tobin-Gurley wins first-place of the 2011 Hazards and Disasters Student Paper Competition


The competition is sponsored by the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Her paper “Downward Mobility: Displaced Single Mothers in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,” uses in-depth qualitative interviews to examine the experiences of mothers who relocated to Colorado following the devastating disaster. Her paper focuses on the structural mechanisms that contributed to the downward mobility of single mothers as they attempted to rebuild their lives in Colorado.


Jennifer will be awarded $100, her paper will appear on the Natural Hazards Center website and mentioned in an upcoming issue of the Observer, and she will receive an invitation to the Annual Hazards Research and Application Workshop with free registration.


Jennifer was also recently named the first-place winner of the Graduate Student Paper Competition sponsored by the U.S. Gender and Disaster Resilience Alliance (GDRA). This competition was created to recognize the interdisciplinary nature of gender, hazards, and disaster research and to showcase up-and-coming scholars and their work in the field. This is not just a competition, but an opportunity to become part of a national forum for discussion, information-sharing, and networking.

Jennifer’s research interests include women’s studies, social vulnerability, and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Double congratulations to Jennifer!

Colorado State University