A decade ago this week, Andrew Curtis, Ph.D., geography professor in Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences, promised the people of New Orleans that he would continue to return and document the recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

Danielle Sarver Coombs, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, was sleepless in Kent in 2011. She was up with her then one-year old and a newborn and found herself flipping through channels at all hours of the night.

“I was just fascinated with the primary process and the candidates’ rise and fall from contention,” Coombs said.  “I was particularly interested when Rick Perry entered the fray and how that affected the primary dynamics.”