Dr. Liesel Ritchie

Contact Information

454 Murray Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078-4062
(405) 744-6105 (Main Office)
  (405) 744-5780

Curriculum Vitae


Spring 2020 Office Hours

By appointment only

Spring 2020 Class Schedule

No classes


  • B.A. in History, Mississippi State University. Summa Cum Laude.
  • M.A. in History, Mississippi State University.
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Mississippi State University.

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Disasters
  • Technological and Environmental Hazards and Disasters
  • Community Resilience
  • Program Evaluation
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Applied Sociology
  • Social Impact Assessment


Dr. Liesel Ritchie is Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Disasters and Extreme Events at Oklahoma State University and an Associate Professor in OSU's Department of Sociology. During her career, Ritchie has studied a range of disaster events, including the Exxon Valdez and BP Deepwater Horizon oil spills; the Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash release; Hurricane Katrina; and earthquakes in Haiti and New Zealand. Since 2000, her focus has been on the social impacts of disasters and community resilience, with an emphasis on technological hazards and disasters, social capital, and renewable resource communities, and she has published widely on these topics. Ritchie has more than 30 years of experience in research and evaluation. Prior to joining OSU, she served for 10 years as Associate Director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder and a research professor with joint appointments in CU Boulder's Institute of Behavioral Science and Environmental Studies Program. Ritchie was a Senior Research Associate at the Evaluation Center (Western Michigan University) and served for six years as Coordinator for the Social Science Research Center's Evaluation & Decision Support Laboratory (Mississippi State University). Ritchie has been PI or co-PI on more than 90 projects and authored or coauthored more than 85 technical reports working with agencies including NASA, NIST, NSF, USGS, FEMA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, NOAA, and U.S. Department of the Interior. She is a National Institute of Standards and Technology Disaster Resilience Fellow, as well as a Distinguished Senior Fellow with Northeastern University's Global Resilience Institute. Ritchie is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee for Measuring Community Resilience, and also serves on two National Academies Advisory Boards--one for the Gulf Research Program and another for LabX.

Current Research and Grant Projects

Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure User Satisfaction Survey (Principal Investigator). Funder:  National Science Foundation

Feeding America Relief, Recovery, and Resilience Network Initiative (3RNI) (Lead Researcher with Nnenia Campbell, Melanie Gall, and Susan Cutter). Funder:  Feeding America/Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

National Institute of Standards and Technology Disaster Resilience Fellow. Funder:  National Institute of Standards and Technology

Hazards SEES: The Risk Landscape of Earthquakes Induced by Deep Wastewater Injection (Co-Principal Investigator with Abbie Liel [Lead] and Anne Sheehan). Funder:  National Science Foundation

An Ecological Assessment of New York’s Home Buyout Program: Exploring Lived Experiences and Implications for Affected Households and Communities (Consultant to Co-Principal Investigators Charlene Baker and Sherri Brokopp-Binder). Funder:  National Science Foundation

Mentor-Connect: A Leadership Development and Outreach Initiative for the Advanced Technological Education Program (Consultant to Principal Investigator Elaine Craft). Funder:  National Science Foundation