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Gregory V. Button

November 14, 2008

Gregory V. Button

Gregory V. Button
(photo credit: Sheena Patrick)

Dr. Gregory V. Button, assistant professor of anthropology, is co-organizer—along with Dr. Barbara Rose Johnston, senior research fellow at the Center for Political Ecology, Santa Cruz, CA—of an innovative, high-impact “Presidential Panel” that will convene at the American Anthropological Association annual meetings in San Francisco on November 19th through the 23rd. The double session, titled “Pulse of the Planet: Human Rights, Environment and Social Justice in the 21st Century,” is being presented in collaboration with the online news outlet CounterPunch “to launch an op-ed column that aims to reshape public debates on some of the biggest issues facing the United States and the world today.” Dr. Button’s op-ed column, “What the Next President Must Do to Save FEMA,” was published last month in CounterPunch.

Recent Publications

Unnatural Disasters: Exxon-Valdez to Hurricane Katrina (Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, forthcoming).

“Disasters and Development-Induced Displacement: The Case of Hurricane Katrina,” in, Development and Disasters, edited by Anthony Oliver-Smith (Santa Fe, NM: School for American Research, forthcoming).

With Kristina Petersen, “Participatory Research and Community Engagement with Social and Physical Scientists,” in, Anthropology and Climate Change: From Encounters to Actions, Susan A. Crate and Mark Nuttall, eds. (Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2008).

With Anthony Oliver-Smith, “Disaster, Displacement and Employment: Distortion in Labor Markets in Post-Katrina Reconstruction,” in Disaster Capitalism, edited by Schuller & Nandini (Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press, 2007).

“Voices from the Astrodome and beyond: Evacuee Counter-Narratives,” in Learning from Catastrophe: Quick Response Research in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina, edited by the Natural Hazards Center (Boulder, Co: University of Colorado, 2006).

Additional Information

Dr. Button was also recently profiled in Metro Pulse magazine.