Charles R. Venator Santiago

Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts- Amherst)

Political Science, Director of El Instituto

Area of Specialty:

Political implications of contemporary Latino centered ideologies. Latino/as and the law, U.S. territorial law and policy, citizenship, empire-building, and totalitarianism.

Biographical Note:

Charles R. Venator Santiago is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies. He completed an M.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Political Theory and Public Law. He teaches courses in Latino/a politics, Latino/as and the law, LatCrit, immigration, Puerto Rican politics, political theory and public law.

His current research focuses on the relationship between the status of unincorporated territories and U.S. Global Empire with a special focus on political status questions, citizenship, public health, and political participation.

He is currently Vice-President (2010-2012)/President Elect (2012-2014) of the Puerto Rican Studies Association; a board member of the Latino & Latina Critical Theory (LatCrit) organization; and the Latino/as CT initiative.

Selected Publications:

Hostages of Empire: A Short History of the Extension of U.S. Citizenship to Puerto Rico, 1898 to the Present/Rehenes del imperio: Breve historia de la extension de la ciudadanía estadounidense a Puerto Rico, 1898 al presente (Editorial Universidad del Este, forthcoming 2018).

Puerto Rico and the Origins of U.S. Global Empire: The Disembodied Shade (Routledge, 2015)

“Inverted Totalitarianism and the U.S. Territorial Doctrine,” Revista de Pensamiento Jurídico (30) (3): 295-310. 2012. (Colombia)

“Critical Outsider Pedagogy and the United States Legal Academy: The Latina and Latino Critical Legal Theory Project,” Boletín de Investigación Educacional (25)(2): 141-150. 2011. (Chile)

Venator-Santiago et al., “Afterword: Change and Continuity, An Introduction to the LatCrit Taskforce Recommendations,” 8 Seattle Journal for Social Justice (2009) 1: 303-322.

“Huntington’s White Patriotism and Anzaldua’s Brown Nationalism,” 4 FIU L. Rev. 33 (2008). (peer-reviewed)

“Agamben’s State of Exception and U.S. Territorial Law and Policy,” 39 Studies in Law, Politics, and Society (2006): 15-56.

with Barry Glick and William Sturgeon. No Time To Play: Youthful Offenders In Adult Correctional Systems (American Correctional Association, 1998).

Expert Databases

UConn Expert’s Database – Charles Venator-Santiago

Web-Based Projects

Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA) 

Puerto Rico Citizenship Archives (PRCAP)


With Belkys Torres and Frank Valdes, Eds. Lat Crit: Informational CD, Resources and Materials Digital Production, (Version 1, April 2004, 1965 pgs; Version 1.2, September 2004, 8, 495 pgs; Version 1.3, December 2004, 8, 945 pgs; Version 2, August 2005; Version 2.1, Summer 2006, 25,000+ pgs; Version 3.1, October 2006; Version 3.2, January 2007; Version 3.3, June 2007).

Research Papers and Reports

An Environmental Scan of Social Science, Public Policy, and Legal Associations in the United States, OMG-New Connections, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 2011.

The Extension of United States Citizenship to Puerto Rico, A Short History, Latino & Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LPRAC), June 2010.

Rodriguez, Orlando, Charles Venator, “Projected Population in 2010 for Congressional Districts in Connecticut,” Storrs, Connecticut: University of Connecticut, The Connecticut State Data Center, March 2009.

Et al. Latinos in Connecticut: Findings of the Connecticut Sample for the Latino National Survey-New England, University of Connecticut, 2009.

Contact Information
Mailing Address365 Fairfield Way, Unit 1024, Storrs, CT 06269
Office LocationOak Hall, Rm 424