Published Work

Journal Articles

Klima, Kelly & Jerolleman, Alessandra (2015).  “A Rose by Any Other Name – Communicating Between Hazard Mitigation, Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Sustainability Professionals”.  Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Jerolleman, Alessandra & Kiefer, John.  (2015). The Private Sector’s Role in Disasters: Leveraging the Private Sector in Emergency Management - Preparedness, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation.  CRC Press.

Jerolleman, Alessandra and Kiefer, John.  (2015).  Leveraging the Private Sector in Emergency Management: Thar Be Dragons!  PA Times 1:3.

Matthew B. Bethel, Lynn F. Brien, Michelle M. Esposito, Cory M. Miller, Honora Buras, Shirley Laska, Rosina Philippe, Kristina J. Peterson, and Carol Parsons Richards. (Forthcoming, 2014) “Sci-TEK:  A GIS-Based Multi-Disciplinary Method for Incorporating Traditional Ecological Knowledge into Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Prioritization Processes.” Journal of Coastal Research.  ***For a PowerPoint presentation on the topic, please see: .”  or get the PDF here.

Shirley Laska. “Dimensions of Resiliency: Essential, Exceptional, and Scale.” (2012) International Journal of Critical Infrastructure 6 (3): 246-276.

Shirley Laska and Kristina Peterson. (2011) “The Convergence of Catastrophes and Social Change: The Role of Participatory Action Research in Support of the New Engaged Citizen.” Journal of Applied Social Sciences 5 (1, Spring): 24-36.

Matthew B. Bethel, Lynn F. Brien, Emily J. Danielson, Shirley B. Laska, John P. Troutman, William M. Boshart, Marco J. Giardino, and Maurice A. Phillips. (2011) “Blending Geospatial Technology and Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Enhance Restoration Decision-Support Processes in Coastal Louisiana"Jo. of Coastal Research 27 (3, May): 555-571.

William R. Freudenburg, Robert Gramling, Shirley Laska and Kai Erikson. (2008) “Organizing Hazards, Engineering Disasters: Improving the Recognition of Political-Economic Factors in the Creation of Disasters.” Social Forces87 (2, Dec.): 1015-1038.

Jonathan West, Kristina Peterson, Michelle Alcina and Shirley Laska. (2008) “Principles of Participation and Issues of Entry for Participatory Action Research (PAR) in Coastal Community Resiliency Enhancement Collaboration.” Journal for Community Engaged Research and Learning Partnerships 1 (1):

Colten, Craig E., Robert W. Kates and Shirley B. Laska. (2008) “Three Years after Katrina: Lessons for Community Resilience.” Environment 50 (5, September): 36-47.

Laska, Shirley. (2006) “Respect for Nature as Cornerstone to Community Resiliency: The View from Katrina Ground Zero." Invited article. Natural Hazards Observer 31 (2): 14-15.

Shirley Laska, George Woodell, Ronald Hagelman, Robert Gramling, Monica Teets Farris with the assistance of Windell Curole, Becky Boudreaux, Traber Davis and William Kappel. (2005) “At Risk: The Human, Community and Infrastructure Resources of Coastal Louisiana.” Special Issue. Journal of Coastal Research 44:90-111.

Book Chapters

Peterson, Kristina and Maldonado (2016). When Adaptation is Not Enough: Between the “Now and Then” of Community-Led Resettlement in Crate, Susan A and Nuttall, Mark (Eds.). (2016). Anthropology and Climate Change: From Action to Transformation. Second Edition. New York; Routledge Publication.

Shirley Laska, Kristina Peterson, Crystlyn Rodrigue, Tia Cosse’, Rosina Philippe, Olivia Burchett and Richard Krajeski. (Forthcoming Spring, 2015) “’Layering’ of Natural and Human Caused Disasters in the Context of Anticipated Climate Change Disasters: The Coastal Louisiana Experience.” In Michele Companion, The Impact of Disasters on Livelihoods and Cultural Survival: Opportunities, Losses and Mitigation. Boulder: University Presses of Colorado.

Robert Gramling and Shirley Laska. (Forthcoming, 2015) “The Gulf: America’s Third Coast.” In Conner Bailey, Leif Jensen and Craig Baab (eds.), Rural America in a Globalizing World: Problems and Prospects for the 2010s. Rural Sociological Society Rural Studies Seriesdecennial volume. Morgantown, WV: W. Virginia University Press.

Conner Bailey, Robert Gramling, and Shirley Laska. (Forthcoming, 2014) “Complexities of Resilience: Adaptation and Change within Human Communities of Coastal Louisiana.” In J. Day, P. Kemp, A. Freeman, and David Muth (eds), Perspectives on the Restoration of Mississippi Delta: The Once and Future Delta. New York: Springer.

Julie Koppel Maldonado, Christine Shearer, Robin Bronen , Kristina Peterson and Heather Lazrus. (2014) “The Impact of Climate Change on Tribal Communities in the U.S.: Displacement, Relocation, and Human Rights.”  Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences and Actions. New York: Springer. ‘Online First’ (2013) on SpringerLink: 013-0746-z

Kristina Peterson and Richard Krajeski. (2013)“Involving the Community in Mitigation and Outreach”. In Alessandra Jerolleman and John Kiefer (eds.), Natural Hazards Mitigation. New York: Taylor and Francis Press.

Kristina Peterson and Richard Krajeski. (2011) “Grounded in Faith, Inspired to Action: Bayou Women Own Their Recovery”. In David Emmanuel and Elaine Enarson (eds.), Women of Katrina: The Gendered Dimensions of Disaster Recovery. Nashville: Vanderbilt Press.


Peterson, Kristina, Julie Maldonado. 2012. NRCS Community Collaborative Report and Climate Change Assessment. Pointe au Chien, LA. January.

Alcina, M. E. (Editor) Shirley Laska (P.I.), Kristina Peterson (Project Manager), Jonathan West, Brent Tranchina, Ashley Volion. (2011) Enhancing Gulf of Mexico Coastal Communities’ Resilience through Participatory Community Engagement. Grant from NOAA Coastal Services Center.