University of Colorado Natural Hazards Center
Nnenia Campbell is a research associate at the Natural Hazards Center. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research interests center on the social elements of disasters, particularly social capital, advanced age, and the intersection of vulnerability and resilience. She is a program evaluator trained in culturally responsive evaluation practice, and is former program chair of the American Evaluation Association's Disaster and Emergency Management Evaluation Topical Interest Group.
Campbell is currently an internal evaluator on a National Science Foundation-funded Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) project entitled "Minority Scholars from Under-Represented Groups in Engineering and the Social Sciences" (Minority SURGE). This pilot graduate training initiative aims to ultimately increase the recruitment, retention, and matriculation of racial and ethnic minorities in STEM Ph.D. programs contributing to hazards and disaster research.
Campbell’s previous work with the Natural Hazards Center includes an array of basic research and evaluation projects, including studies examining risk perception associated with induced seismicity and toxic exposure; analyses of scientific collaboration and communication; and evaluations of disaster resilience programming. Her dissertation focused on disaster impacts and recovery among community-dwelling older adults. Using in-depth, qualitative interviews with elders affected by the 2013 Colorado floods and representatives of senior-serving organizations, Campbell's work explored the role of social capital, community context, and organizational capacity in shaping disaster outcomes in later stages of the life course.