Hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy are categorized as natural disasters, yet the disparate impacts of these catastrophic events on vulnerable populations suggest that social disasters may be a more accurate descriptor. Rebecca Rasch investigates the interplay between natural disasters and social structures in Brazil.
Rebecca Rasch is a Presidential Management Fellow and Regional Social Scientist for the US Forest Service. Rebecca holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Certificate in Demography from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Rebecca’s dissertation research explored the relationship between income inequality and vulnerability to climate change using advanced spatial statistical analysis.