Hello! I'm Simone


 I am an interdisciplinary scholar who specializes in the social dimensions of hazards and disasters, climate change adaptation, and environmental justice. My past research has critically examined disaster resilience initiatives, disaster aid programs, and Louisiana’s response to climate change and coastal land loss. My current research focuses on building local government capacity for flood mitigation. Please reach out and connect with me via email, and follow me on Twitter: @Simone_Domingue.


Simone Domingue 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 
Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, 
Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program,

University of Oklahoma



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Research Interest 

I am a hazards and disaster researcher and social scientist concerned about environmental injustices, particularly those related to climate change. My past research has critically analyzed disaster resilience initiatives and federal disaster policy and argues that these measures reproduce social inequalities. Currently, I am part of a team of researchers measuring and evaluating climate adaptation capacity in small cities. We are interested in adaptation and its connections to (in)justice. This project is funded by the National Academies Gulf Research Program.  

Louisiana Land Loss Crisis


The compound disaster of coastal land loss and climate change is threatening the social and ecological landscape of South Louisiana. This disaster is yet another crisis facing Native American, Black, Southeast Asian, Hispanic, and Cajun (people of French-Canadian ancestry) communities already overburdened by environmental harms. The state government—in partnership with the federal government, environmental non-profit organizations, academic research institutes, and even oil and gas companies—is launching an ambitious response to the problem. My dissertation explains why the state's response to land loss, and broader climate adaptation initiatives, may actually harm individuals who are the most dependent on coastal resources and who are the most physically exposed to coastal hazards. I do this by elucidating social factors structuring and rationalizing the use of inequitable climate adaptation and coastal restoration policies.

Teaching Philosophy

My approach to teaching is student-focused and inclusive. I believe learning can be transformative and liberating, and my goal is to give students tools for thinking about, and engaging in, the social world while cultivating their intellectual curiosities and honing their analytical skills. The courses I teach center social justice and draw from critical, feminist, and transformational  pedagogies.   


I have taught the following courses: Hazards, Disasters, and Society (online), and Environment & Society (online). I have conducted recitations and given guest lectures for the following: Food & Society, Global Human Ecology, Qualitative Research Methods, and Social Theory. 

Special Courses

 I developed special courses on community resilience to hazards and disasters and climate change adaptation. Both of these courses are taught through a lens of equity and social justice.