Elizabeth Fussell

Associate Professor of Population Studies (Research)

Elizabeth Fussell received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. From 1998 to 2001 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She was an Assistant Professor at Tulane University (2001-2007) and an Assistant (2007-2009) and Associate Professor (2009-2014) at Washington State University.  In 2014, she joined the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University as an Associate Professor of Population Studies (Research).

She has three main areas of research: migration, specifically from Mexico to the United States, population change and recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and the transition to adulthood from a demographic perspective.

Selected publications:

In press - Katherine Curtis, Elizabeth Fussell and Jack DeWaard. “Recovery Migration after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Spatial Concentration and Intensification in the Migration System” Demography.

In press - Elizabeth Fussell. “Warmth of the Welcome: Attitudes toward Immigrants and Immigration.” Annual Review of Sociology Volume 40.

In press - Elizabeth Fussell and Elizabeth Harris. “Homeownership and Vulnerability to Housing Displacement after Hurricane Katrina.” Social Science Quarterly.

2014 Elizabeth Fussell and Sarah Lowe. “The Impact of Housing Displacement on Mental Health among Low-Income Parents after Hurricane Katrina.” Social Science & Medicine.113(July): 137-144

2014 Elizabeth Fussell, Katherine J. Curtis, and Jack DeWaard. “Recovery Migration to the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina: A Migration Systems Approach.” Population & Environment 35: 305-322.

2012 Christine Paxson, Elizabeth Fussell, Jean Rhodes, and Mary Waters. “Five Years Later: Recovery from Post-Traumatic Stress and Psychological Distress Among Low-Income Mothers Affected by Hurricane Katrina.” Social Science & Medicine 74: 150-157.

2011 Elizabeth Fussell. “The Deportation Threat Dynamic and Victimization of Latino Migrants: Wage Theft and Street Robbery.” The Sociological Quarterly 52(4): 593-615.

2010 Elizabeth Fussell. “Cumulative Causation of Migration in Latin America.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences 630:162-177.

2010 Jean Rhodes, Christian Chan, Christina Paxson, Cecilia Rouse, Mary Waters, and Elizabeth Fussell. “The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Mental and Physical Health of Low-Income Parents in New Orleans.” American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 80(2): 237-247.

2010 Elizabeth Fussell, Narayan Sastry, Mark VanLandingham. “Race, Socio-economic Status, and Return Migration to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.” Population & Environment 31: 20-42.

2009 Elizabeth Fussell. “Hurricane Chasers in New Orleans: Latino Immigrants as a Source of a Rapid Response Labor Force.” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 31(3): 375-394.


Demography, Migration, Population Change after Disaster, Sociology of Youth, Statistics/Methodology