Katherine Browne

Colorado State University

Katherine E. Browne is professor in anthropology at Colorado State University. Her research examines interactions of social history, cultural identities, and a sense of agency in shaping trajectories of collective resilience to change and adversity. Browne general-audience books, films, and articles suggest that a paradigm nudge is needed to integrate local knowledge into practices of mitigation and recovery in order to reduce risk and suffering, to increase preparedness, and to improve resilience. To this end, in 2016, she co-founded and co-directs the Culture and Disaster Action Network, an academic/practitioner collaboration for improving disaster policy and practice. In 2018, the American Anthropological Association named Browne recipient of its highest honor, the Franz Boas Award. Browne holds a PhD.