Alexis  Santos


Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies


  • Social Sciences
  • Earth Science

Focus Areas:

  • Demography
  • Economics
  • Population Research
  • Polar Melting

In The Media:


  • Uses biomarker data to explore implications of alternative measurements of physiological dysregulation in understandign of health disparities
  • Plans to use results from deaths attributable to Hurricane Maria to inform policy makers and aid in the formulation of new protocols to prevent future casualties

Alexis R. Santos (Santos-Lozada) is an applied demographer and population health scientist whose research examines policy implications of demographic transformations in the United States and the international community. His current work focuses in the refinement of population estimates and projections, health inequalities, and demographic consequences of Hurricane María for the population of Puerto Rico.

After Hurricane María, Santos began a series of projects to study its effects on Puerto Rico’s population. The projects included the Puerto Rican Diaspora Study, an online survey for Puerto Ricans living in the United States about the strategies their families use to deal with post-Hurricane disaster conditions. The work also deals with the appropriate count of the number of deaths attributable to Hurricane Maria. He plans to use these results to inform policy makers and Emergency Managers, and to help form new protocols to prevent deaths in the future.

In The Media

“The Caribbean is set to be hit by more weather disasters in the future, based on forecast models, and we don’t want history to repeat itself.” -Alexis Santos

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