University of Southern California
Santina Contreras is an Assistant Professor in the City and Regional Planning Section of the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. Her research and teaching focus on the intersection of natural hazards, urban planning, and international development. In her work, she explores how participatory processes unfold in complex settings, such as areas exposed to environmental hazards and in developing countries. She has extensive experience in the private and nonprofit sectors working on the design and implementation of housing and post-disaster projects. This has included engaging with diverse communities vulnerable to natural hazards in the United States, Mexico, Haiti, and Indonesia.