Elizabeth Bittel is a Ph.D candidate in Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder who has been studying disaster recovery in Sri Lanka since 2013, and is currently writing her dissertation about recovery from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami in two communities in Batticaloa. Throughout her time at CU Boulder, Elizabeth has taught various courses both in-person and online through the sociology department and the department of continuing education. She will be finishing her Ph.D in 2018, and is on the job market for academic positions. She hopes to continue to work, study, and potentially teach in Sri Lanka throughout her career.