2018 International Sociological Association Research Committee on Disasters (RC39) Presidential Address: Looking Back and Moving Forward

August 2018 (VOL. 36, NO. 2)

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Editor’s Note: This article is a revised and lightly edited version of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Disasters (RC39) Presidential Address, which was delivered on July 18, 2018, at the RC39 Business Meeting at the World Congress of Sociology in Toronto, Canada. In this address, Peek—who is a long-time member of the committee and the first woman to have served as president of the RC39—reflects on the history of the organization, how it has changed over time, challenges ahead, and future possibilities.