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Diego Fernandez Otegui, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Otegui teaches Introduction to Crisis & Disaster Management, Emergency Response Planning, and Catastrophic Readiness.  

  • Research interests include coordination of disaster response,  group dynamics during response, and enhancing diversity in emergency management. 
  • Serves on the International Humanitarian Studies Association Board and is the Chief Executive Officer for Imara International Humanitarian Group
  • Extensive practical experience with the Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware, following Hurricanes Maria and Irma and the 2017 earthquake in Mexico.
  • Dr. Otegui earned degrees from:

University of Delaware, USA (2020). Ph.D. Disaster Science and Management

The Naval War School, Argentina (2006).  MA Strategic Studies

San Andres University, Argentina (2001).  Specialist in Nonprofit Organizations

Complutense University, Spain (1999).  Expert in Social Communications of Energy

Torcuato Di Tella University,  Argentina (1998). BS Economics

Publications include:

Otegui, D. & Yoder-Bontrager, D. Eds. (2021). The humanitarian machine:  Reflections from practice.  Routledge.

Otegui, D. (2020). The concealed weaknesses of strong early warning systems. The case of Mexico.  Scientific Papers of the Main School of Fire Service. Issue 74 (93-111).

Otegui, D. (2019).  Can gangs play a role in providing relief?, Humanitarian Alternatives, 10, p.100-109.


Diego Fernandez-Otegui
Assistant Professor
HUM 201 C
Tel: (660)543-4544


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