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Jennifer Spinney

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School of Administrative Studies

Assistant Professor

Email: jspinney@yorku.ca


Jennifer Spinney (MA & PhD sociocultural anthropology, Western University)
I study the various connections between groups of people living and working at the intersections of environment and society, particularly extreme weather hazards and disasters, such as tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and heat, in both Canada and the United States. I use mostly qualitative research methods, such as interviewing and observations, to understand how people make meaning, assess and communicate risk, how they engage in protective action decision-making, as well as the variability of their social recovery following hazard and disaster experiences. In my work, I draw heavily on scholarly contributions from the fields of linguistic and sociocultural anthropology, and anthropology of disaster, risk and policy literatures. Past field investigations include: the Joplin, Missouri EF5 tornado, a flood event in the Canadian arctic, and numerous projects working with government agencies to assist with enhancements to their forecast and warning operations, communication practices and product development. With funding from the Northern Tornadoes Project, I am currently examining social recovery following the Angus and Dunrobin (Ontario) tornado disasters, for which there is opportunity for interested undergraduate and graduate students to participate. Further, I am eager to pursue research collaborations with colleagues, and private and public emergency management practitioners. To these ends, I welcome inquiries by email. I’m a proud 3-time Boston marathon finisher (2015, 2016, 2017) and in my spare time you will most surely find me jogging, travelling with my family, or kicking a soccer ball with my son in the yard. Please see my personal website for more information: www.spinneywx.com

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Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 AP/DEMS3707 3.0 A Ethics and Disasters LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/DEMS3701 3.0 M Disaster Risk Management LECT
Winter 2021 AP/DEMS3708 3.0 M Social Issues in Disaster Management LECT
Winter 2021 GS/DEMS5030 3.0 M Social & Behavioral Dimensions of Disast LECT


Jennifer Spinney (MA & PhD sociocultural anthropology, Western University)
I study the various connections between groups of people living and working at the intersections of environment and society, particularly extreme weather hazards and disasters, such as tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and heat, in both Canada and the United States. I use mostly qualitative research methods, such as interviewing and observations, to understand how people make meaning, assess and communicate risk, how they engage in protective action decision-making, as well as the variability of their social recovery following hazard and disaster experiences. In my work, I draw heavily on scholarly contributions from the fields of linguistic and sociocultural anthropology, and anthropology of disaster, risk and policy literatures. Past field investigations include: the Joplin, Missouri EF5 tornado, a flood event in the Canadian arctic, and numerous projects working with government agencies to assist with enhancements to their forecast and warning operations, communication practices and product development. With funding from the Northern Tornadoes Project, I am currently examining social recovery following the Angus and Dunrobin (Ontario) tornado disasters, for which there is opportunity for interested undergraduate and graduate students to participate. Further, I am eager to pursue research collaborations with colleagues, and private and public emergency management practitioners. To these ends, I welcome inquiries by email. I’m a proud 3-time Boston marathon finisher (2015, 2016, 2017) and in my spare time you will most surely find me jogging, travelling with my family, or kicking a soccer ball with my son in the yard. Please see my personal website for more information: www.spinneywx.com


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 AP/DEMS3707 3.0 A Ethics and Disasters LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/DEMS3701 3.0 M Disaster Risk Management LECT
Winter 2021 AP/DEMS3708 3.0 M Social Issues in Disaster Management LECT
Winter 2021 GS/DEMS5030 3.0 M Social & Behavioral Dimensions of Disast LECT