Chad Huddleston is a sociocultural anthropologist who is interested in how individuals and communities prepare for disasters. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Huddleston is currently an instructor at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and an adjunct assistant professor at Saint Louis University in Missouri. His current research focus is on preppers and their perception of disasters and their own agency. He is also interested in how popular media constructs the “idea” of preppers and how preppers co-construct an image of themselves on platforms such as YouTube.