University of Colorado Boulder
Melissa Villarreal grew up in Houston, Texas, and attended Texas A&M University at College Station where she received her bachelor's degree in sociology in 2016. She is an incoming PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder in the department of sociology. Villarreal is interested in gender dynamics in the disaster cycle and, particularly in how women experience unique challenges during disasters and the in the recovery process. She is currently working on an article exploring how women's perceived roles during disasters influence their experience. Villarreal attended the 2016 Natural Hazards Workshop as part of the the Research Experience for Undergraduates Program at Texas A&M University and presented a poster summarizing her results from her research about women's experiences.