About My Research:
Liz Skilton specializes in twentieth century gender and environmental history, with a focus on disaster and the U.S. Gulf South region. Her current book project, Tempest: Hurricanes & American Culture, reviews the effect of gendered hurricane naming practices on the perception, commemoration, and memory of storms throughout history.
Skilton also researches other disasters, particularly those that impact Louisiana. Her current oral history project, part of a collaborative National Science Foundation research grant, is focused on the impact of the Grand 16 Theater Shooting Incident on the Lafayette, LA community.
Funding for Skilton's research on the history of American disasters has been provided through grants from the Louisiana Board of Regents, the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, and the National Science Foundation.