Dr. Santina Contreras

The Ohio State University

Santina Contreras is an Assistant Professor in the City and Regional Planning Section of the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University (OSU). At OSU, she also serves as a faculty affiliate of the Sustainability Institute (SI) and the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS).

The overarching goal of her research and teaching is to contribute to a deeper understanding of the planning of communities vulnerable to environmental hazards and broader development concerns in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Within this broader theme, she takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding relationships between local communities and external stakeholders surrounding natural hazard events and built environment projects. 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 California, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Haiti, and Indonesia.

Contreras holds a BS (University of California, San Diego) and a MS (University of California, Berkeley) in Structural Engineering. She received her PhD in Planning, Policy, and Design from the University of California, Irvine.