Dr. Janelle Christensen's research interests lie at the intersection of disaster management and aging studies, exploring how community dwelling families respond to emergency preparedness and disaster planning while simultaneously providing care for family members with Alzheimer's disease. She completed both Ph.D. in Applied Biocultural Anthropology and a Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) at the University of South Florida. She also has an M.A. in Sociology of Law from the International Institute for Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain. Her Socio-legal research was conducted in intentional communities (Camphill Communities) based on the care of individuals with developmental disabilities in both Germany and the United States. Christensen works in Institutional Research and Florida Southwestern State College, where she also teaches Anthropology and Sociology courses. She is also an independent contractor, assisting with data analysis for gerontological health projects.
This book offers a thoughtful exploration of how social and ecological conditions affect health and can amplify mortality, especially for the elderly. It engagingly illustrates how applied anthropology can make important connections in the wake of anthropogenic climate change - and the situations of vulnerability they create - to offer solutions at multiple levels. -- Heide Castaneda, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida