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  • Cristina Muñoz, Fellow, Bill Anderson Fund

    Fellow, Bill Anderson Fund
    Geography & Sustainability Sciences

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    Cristina E. Muñoz is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geographical & Sustainability Sciences at the University of Iowa. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr College in an interdisciplinary program incorporating urban planning and environmental studies. Muñoz is originally from south central Los Angeles, California, and is a proud daughter of Salvadorian and Mexican parents. In Los Angeles, Muñoz was active in environmental justice efforts and was concerned for earthquake disasters. These experiences, in part, drove her research interest in the intersection of environmental justice and natural hazards, with particular interest to the needs of Latinos, Native American peoples, and other marginalized communities in the United States. 

    In her dissertation, Muñoz analyzes the distribution of federal disaster assistance across space and time. In particular, she integrates social vulnerability and social capital theory to help explain the distribution of disaster assistance. In her research she asks questions regarding the equitable distribution of disaster assistance for socially vulnerable communities, and whether social capital increases access to assistance for all.


 

 

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