The Natural Hazards Center is thrilled to announce we have a new editor at the helm of the Natural Hazards Observer. Elke Weesjes joined the staff December 15 and has been busy applying her expertise and enthusiasm to the job ever since.

Weesjes comes to us following a brief stint as a correspondent for a nonprofit at the United Nations. She has also worked as editor of the peer-reviewed United Academics Journal of Social Sciences and has been a research associate for the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at Colorado State University since 2012.

Weesjes specializes in cultural memory and neighborhood and community change in times of acute and chronic stress. Her dissertation, Children of the Red Flag: Growing up in a Communist Family During the Cold War, and the majority of her publication record examine culture and identity through oral history.