Anna Maria Santiago, Leona Bevis/Marguerite Haynam Professor of Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, will receive the Mather Spotlight Prize, which recognizes top scholars from around the university who excel in scholarship and research.
Santiago, PhD, was nominated by MSASS faculty and will be honored on October 12 during the 2012 Women of Achievement luncheon. She is one of 10 women at Case Western Reserve University to receive the honor this year.
Santiago's current research focuses on how place matters in the lives of vulnerable families and children, and how federal, state and local housing policies and programs serve as vehicles for community and social development. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She also has one co-authored book, Why NOT in My Backyard?
In her nomination form, MSASS faculty members wrote:
"Dr. Anna Maria Santiago is conducting innovative mixed quantitative and qualitative methods research on home ownership and low-income families, and on neighborhood effects on children's well-being. These are significant social problems. She is a productive researcher in terms of grants, articles, and conference presentations. She involves students in her research projects."