Oluponmile Olonilua, Ph.D.
Oluponmile Olonilua, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy from Texas Southern University and received her Master of Public Administration degree from Texas Southern University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. Currently, she is the coordinator for the Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree program at Texas Southern University. She is a certified flood plain manager (CFM).
Dr Olonilua’s research interests are hazard mitigation/emergency-management, diversity, equity, and inclusion planning, land use planning, evaluation planning, environmental planning, and policy and community development and public participation. Her research is in several journals including the Journal of Emergency Management, Journal of Risks, Hazards, Crisis and Public Policy, Journal of Security, Intelligence and Resilience Education, among others. She co-chairsthe Mary Fran Myers Scholarship award for the Natural Hazards Workshop, an award she received herself in 2009. She served as the Continuing Education Credit Coordinator for the Natural Hazards Workshop until 2020. Also, she is a Board Member of the Natural Hazards Mitigation Association, and a member of the Texas Floodplain Managers Association.