Elizabeth Fussell

Associate Professor of Population Studies and Environment and Society (Research)


Elizabeth Fussell joined Brown University and the PSTC in the fall of 2014. She is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on international and internal migration, and environmental drivers of migration. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Population & Environment

Fussell’s current research focuses on the long-term effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the exposed residents of the city, regardless of where they are currently living. She has investigated the arrival and reception of the Latino immigrants who formed the rapid response construction labor force, the impact of displacement on the health of vulnerable low-income mothers, and differentials in return migration of displaced New Orleans residents. Her new research focuses on the generalizable aspects of hurricane impacts on population change.

Fussell’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation.

Selected publications

2017. Elizabeth Fussell, Sara R. Curran, Matthew Dunbar, Michael A. Babb, LuAnne Thompson, and Jacqueline Meijer-Irons. “Weather-related hazards and population change: A study of hurricanes and tropical storms in the U.S., 1980-2012.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, 669: 146-167.

2015. Elizabeth Fussell. “The Long-Term Recovery of New Orleans’s Population after Hurricane Katrina.” American Behavioral Scientist 59(10): 1231-1245.

2015. Katherine Curtis, Elizabeth Fussell and Jack DeWaard. “Recovery Migration after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Spatial Concentration and Intensification in the Migration System” Demography 52(4): 1269-1293.

2014. Elizabeth Fussell. “Warmth of the Welcome: Attitudes toward Immigrants and Immigration.” Annual Review of Sociology 40: 479-498.

2014. Elizabeth Fussell, Lori M. Hunter, and Clark Gray. (2014). “Measuring the Environmental Dimensions of Human Migration: The Demographer’s Toolbox.” Global Environmental Change 28: 182-191.


Attitudes toward immigrants, Health effects of disasters and displacement, Latin America, Mexican migration to the United States, Mexico, Population change after disasters, Transition to adulthood