Jessica Austin

Natural Hazards Center

Before returning to full-time study, Jessica worked for fourteen years in public health in state, federal, and nonprofit roles. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University and a Master of Science in Anthrozoology from Canisius College, and has published in the areas of disaster preparedness for companion animals and the grieving processes of animal shelter employees. Jessica's main sociological interest is animals and society, and she is also interested in hazards and disasters, the social psychology of women in video gaming, and qualitative methods.