Manish Chalana, University of Washington.   Manish Chalana is an Associate Professor in the Urban Design and Planning Department, University of Washington, where he also co-directs the Center for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse.  Dr. Chalana is also a faculty member in UW’s interdisciplinary Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning and Research.  His work focuses primarily on historic preservation, particularly its intersections with hazard mitigation, social equity and resilience.  His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Heritage Stewardship, Future Anterior and Public Historian. He co-edited Messy Urbanism: Understanding the “Other” Cities of Asia, published by Hong Kong University Press (2016).

Civil Engeneering Faculty and staff studio portrait

Marc Eberhard, University of Washington Marc Eberhard is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington (UW).  His research focuses mainly on the seismic performance of reinforced concrete bridges and buildings. Marc leads the Resilience Against Infrequent but Severe Earthquakes (RAISE) initiative at the University of Washington, which includes a team of leading experts in earthquake hazards, earthquake engineering, risk perception, planning and policy.  The team is working with a coalition of UW, and public and private community leaders to develop, test, and deploy new strategies and technologies that will affordably improve the seismic resilience of the PNW.

Kristina Buhrman, Florida State University.  Kristina Buhrman (PhD, University of Southern California) is a historian of Japanese religions, specializing in the pre-modern period (before 1600). Her current research focuses on Onmyōdō, a collection of ritual and divinatory techniques that became popular in Japan during the Heian Period (794 – 1192). She also works on astrology and math in esoteric Buddhism, and maintains an interest in the intersection of religion and disaster and memory. Her teaching interests include the representation of religion and the supernatural in Japanese popular culture.

Michele Gamburg, Portland State University. Michele Ruth Gamburd is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Portland State University. A cultural anthropologist, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1995. She is the author of The Kitchen Spoon’s Handle: Transnationalism and Sri Lanka’s Migrant Housemaids (2000), Breaking the Ashes: The Culture of Illicit Liquor in Sri Lanka (2008) and The Golden Wave: Culture and Politics after Sri Lanka’s Tsunami Disaster (2013). She is co-editor (with Dennis B. McGilvray) of Tsunami Recovery in Sri Lanka: Ethnic and Regional Dimensions (2010). The Golden Wave: Culture and Politics after Sri Lanka’s Tsunami Disaster (2013) examines power relations on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Framed as a contribution to the anthropology of disaster, it uses political anthropology and discourse analysis to explore how the catastrophe changed social identities, economic dynamics, and governance structures.

Jonatan Lassa, Charles Darwin University, Australia. Dr. Lassa’s research focus includes understanding macro and micro level disaster governance, complex network theory application in disaster studies, institutions and institutionalisation of disaster risk reduction. His doctoral research has been one of the first systematic studies on disaster governance and emergency management, looking at institutions and governance practice in disaster reduction in the countries around the world. He has been working on disaster risk management policy from counties countries around the globe. His professional academic career started in 2014. After completing his postdoc research in mid-2012, he worked as a consultant in the field of disaster management, climate adaptation and NGOs studies mainly in Indonesia. He has been studying and working in the following countries: Germany, USA, Singapore, Indonesia, UK and Australia. He has gained real world professional experience with local organisations (Indonesia), United Nations organisations, INGOs, private sector, think tanks and consulting industry as well as academic organisations.

Mike Lindell, University of Washington. Michael K. Lindell is Affiliate Professor, University of Washington, and Emeritus Professor, Texas A&M University. Over the past 45 years, he has conducted research and provided technical services on the management of a wide range of natural and technological hazards for over 40 public and private sector organizations. He has been a member of three National Research Council committees, made over 230 presentations in the US and abroad, and is the author of 80 technical reports, 150 journal articles and book chapters, and nine books.

Rebekah Paci-Green, Western Washington University. Dr. Paci-Green (pronounced “Pah-chee”) is Director of the Resilience Institute at Western Washington University. She received her PhD from Cornell University where she combined structural engineering and anthropology to study physical and social vulnerability and risk perceptions in informal districts of Istanbul, Turkey. She used qualitative and quantitative research methods in these settlements to recommended innovative, culturally-appropriate methods for decreasing population vulnerability. Post-doctoral work with low-income New Orleans residents, local NGOs and university partners after Hurricane Katrina, led to important changes in the recovery plan. She has worked with community-based organizations in Turkey, India, Nepal and Central Asia to develop and implement disaster risk reduction education material. Specifically, she coordinated a project with the American Red Cross and the Disaster Preparedness Education Program to develop local non-structural mitigation guidelines for home and office seismic risk reduction in Turkey.

Katrina Petersen, Trilateral Research Ltd.Dr. Katrina Petersen is a Senior Research Analyst at Trilateral Research Ltd in London. Her research focuses on the socio-cultural impact of disaster information technologies, environmental mapping technologies, and informal science education. She is most interested in exploring the intersection between the less visible aspects of crises (such as earthquake pressure and shaking or the slow changing effects of climate change) and new crisis data practices (such as digital humanitarianism and citizen science) to understand the implications of science for society and how crises unfold. Her work has required her to engage with a diverse set of academic, institutional (public and private), and governmental partners from across U.S. and Europe. She is published on topics relating to visualizing risk, social implications of disaster mapping, and ethical challenges when sharing data during disasters. She was previously a Research Associate in the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University, a Senior Science Educator at The Bakken Museum, and has also worked as a volunteer for the San Diego chapter of the American Red Cross. Katrina has a PhD in Communication and Science Studies from the University of California, San Diego.

Beth Reddy, University of San Diego. Dr. Elizabeth Reddy is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of San Diego’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. She holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Irvine. Her current research projects deal with seismic science, technology, and policymaking in Mexico and the United States, the production and circulation of environmental data, and the development and practice of engineering expertise.

Shigeo Tatsuki, Doshisha University, Japan. A professor in Doshisha University’s Department of Sociology,  Dr. Tatsuki has published 37 articles on the  human response to earthquakes on a variety of topics from age, disability and earthquake response to functional needs assessment after earthquakes to psychological adaptation and adaptive well-being after earthquakes . He has a PhD from the University of Toronto.


Tyson Vaughan, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Tyson Vaughan is a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His monograph, Reconstructing Expertise: Participatory Recovery Planning in Post-Disaster Japan, is an ethnography of the reconstruction of disaster-struck communities and the concomitant social construction of expertise in Kobe and Tohoku, Japan. He has worked on disaster risk governance and recovery policy with the IAEA, UNISDR, World Bank, WHO, and the government of Japan. Dr. Vaughan is co-editor of the forthcoming volume The Quotidian Anthropocene: Reconfiguring Environments in Urbanizing Asia, and he co-founded the academic blogs Teach 3.11 and Disaster Governance: Asia. He received a PhD in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University in 2014 and pursued post-doctoral research at the National University of Singapore.