Hello! I'm Simone
I am an interdisciplinary scholar who specializes in the social dimensions of hazards and disasters; specifically, my research investigates social factors that contribute to, and reproduce, environmental injustices. My past research has examined the justice implications of disaster resilience initiatives and disaster aid programs. My dissertation, which is supported by the National Science Foundation, investigates Louisiana’s response to climate change and coastal land loss. Please reach out and connect with me via email, and follow me on Twitter: @Simone_Domingue.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability
Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program
University of Oklahoma
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.
Published Work and Research Products
I have published in Environmental Sociology, the American Review of Public Administration, and the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters. I have also co-authored two book chapters on disaster responses at the grassroots and federal level. I have also engaged in a number of broader outreach and applied research activities. For example, as a graduate research assistant for the Natural Hazards Center, I developed a series of reference guides on vulnerable populations in disasters for use by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I interviewed youth in the climate justice movement for a radio story that was broadcast on a local station, and I have written research translations pieces for organizations like the Population Reference Bureau.
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, and Social Theory.
I developed a special course called, "Organizations, Crisis, and Disaster." This course examines organizational factors that lead to risk production, deviance, disaster and crisis by exploring empirical cases related to nuclear accidents, pandemic, toxic contamination, and more. I also developed a special course called "Climate Adaptation and Environmental Justice."