mary_waters_photoMary Waters is the M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, where she has taught since 1986. She has studied the integration of immigrants and their children, intergroup relations, and the measurement and meaning of racial and ethnic identity. Her work with the RISK Study has focused on post-Katrina mobility, neighborhood effects, and the health outcomes of survivors and their children.


Jean Rhodes is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and the Research Director for the Center for Evidence-based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Her work has focused on mentoring relationships, risk and protective factors in adolescent development, emerging adulthood, natural disasters, trauma and resilience, preventive interventions, and the bridging of research, practice, and policy. Her work with the RISK Study has focused on post-Katrina health and mental health outcomes, with particular focus on the role of social support.

elizabeth_fussell_photoElizabeth Fussell is an Associate Professor of Population Studies (Research) in the Department of Sociology at Brown University. Fussell’s current research focuses on migration as a driver of population change in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She has investigated the arrival and reception of the Latino immigrants who formed the rapid response construction labor force, the impact of displacement on the health of vulnerable low-income mothers, and differentials in return migration of displaced New Orleans residents. She is interested in using population and environmental data to investigate the population impacts of climate.