University of New Orleans
Pamela Jenkins is a research professor of sociology and faculty in the Women’s Studies program at the University of New Orleans (Emerita). She is a founding faculty member of the University of New Orleans Center for Hazard Assessment, Response and Technology. Since retirement, she works closely with the New Orleans Police Department and the sexual assault advocates to develop best practices and policies. She has worked for nearly 30 years with survivors of domestic violence in a variety of settings across the state. Before Hurricane Katrina, her research interests were diverse, but she now focuses on how communities respond to a variety of social problems. Her research interests post-Katrina include documenting the response to Katrina as part of a national research team on Katrina evacuees. She has published on first responders, faith-based community response to the storm, and the experiences of domestic violence survivors during and after Katrina. Her latest book with Steve Kroll Smith and Vern Baxter, "Left to Chance," documents the recovery after Hurricane Katrina of two African-American neighborhoods. Since retiring from University of New Orleans, she has been involved with multiple projects documenting the impact of sea level rise and the Louisiana coast, including View from the Coast, Making Sense of a Place at Risk, and the LA-SAFE project.