Lori Peek Receives Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award for Environmental Sociology

Published on May 5, 2021


Each year, the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Environmental Sociology selects a recipient for the Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award. In April 2021, the ASA announced that Lori Peek, Natural Hazards Center Director and Professor of Sociology, was chosen to receive this prestigious annual award.

Peek also is the principal investigator for the NSF-funded NHERI CONVERGE facility.

The Distinguished Contribution Award recognizes individuals for outstanding service, innovation, and publication in environmental sociology or sociology of technology. It is intended as an expression of appreciation awarded when an individual is deemed extraordinarily meritorious by the ASA Section on Environmental Sociology.

Peek was nominated by colleagues across the United States for her exemplary contributions to service, research, and teaching. In the award announcement, Professor Jill Harrison, who chaired the selection committee, included comments from nominators. Below is a sample:

"Dr. Peek has made many important contributions to the subfield of environmental sociology, as evidenced through her impressive publication record, numerous awards, and the stunning number of grants and collaborations she has led. These achievements alone make Dr. Peek worthy of the Buttel Award. But her contributions to environmental sociology reach far beyond her remarkable professional achievements. Professor Lori Peek is a gifted and generous builder. Throughout her career, she has worked tirelessly to build transdisciplinary partnerships and collaborations, to build programs within her university and the Natural Hazards Center that she directs, to build relationships between academia and communities, and to build goodwill, positive feelings, and confidence among all the colleagues and mentees who have been so lucky to have the opportunity to work with her… Professor Lori Peek is a bright light in our field."

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