Emily Brooks, PhD


Emily is a qualitative social scientist with the USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area. She supports projects related to risk, science for disaster response, and emergency management; and provides technical assistance on community engagement, social science methods, and science communication, with a focus on equity and justice. In addition, Emily serves on the US Global Change Research Program's Social Science Coordinating Committee.

Prior to her current position, Emily was an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area (2019-2020) and with the National Park Service Climate Change Response Program/Cultural Resources (2018-2019). At NPS, she translated climate change social science for a resource management context, and provided guidance on working with tribes, park associated communities, and local stakeholders in climate planning processes. She also previously held a Postdoctoral Scholar position with the University of California, Irvine, where she served as lead ethnographer for a watershed-scale community strengths and needs assessment conducted for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) Disadvantaged Communities Involvement Program. Emily holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a Specialization in Anthropologies of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Reed College.