Vivian conducts research focused on the political, environmental, and technological facets of disasters. Her current book project examines the intersections of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the decades-long civil war which ended in 2009 in Sri Lanka. She is currently developing a new project on climate change and sea surface warming in the Indian Ocean basin. She looks forward to building bridges between environmental studies and sociology/anthropology. Vivian received her B.A. from Pomona College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.

Courses Taught:

SOAN 128 Introduction to Anthropology

SOAN 292 Anthropological Theory

SOAN 247 Disasters

SOAN 262 Global Interdependence