Xuan Santos, Ph. D.
Xuan Santos, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Office: SBSB 4206
Phone: 760-750-8031

Q-vo! I am an Assistant Professor and the Internship Coordinator in the Department of Sociology & Criminology and Justice Studies.  I am also an affiliate of Ethnic Studies and American Indian Studies.  I earned my PhD in Sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara in June 2012.  I am an award winning professor who received the following recognitions: The All People’s Celebration’s “Builds Community Award” (2012), Civility Champion (2013), and Civility Icon (2013).  I am a Chicano scholar from Boyle Heights, a community East of the Los Angeles River. I seek to empower invisible, voiceless and disenfranchised communities and my students.


Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California-Santa Barbara (2012)

MA in Sociology, California State University-Dominguez Hills (2001)

BA in Sociology, California State University-Los Angeles (1998)

Areas of interest:

Informal Economy/Underground Economy; Critical Criminology; Gangs and Youth Subcultures; Prisons/Corrections;  Chicana/o Sociology; Transnational Migration; Communities Studies; Race/Class/Gender; Body Modifications/Tattooing;  Sociología del Dia de los Muertos/Sociology of Day of the Dead; and Sociology of the Underdog.





Courses I have taught at CSUSM:

Sociology 101: Introduction to Sociology

Sociology 105: Introduction to Justice Studies

Sociology 322: Critical Perspectives of Gangs

Sociology 325: Criminology

Sociology 444: Perspectives on Corrections and Penology

Sociology 490: Immigration Justice

Sociology 495: Capstone Seminar in Community Service or Internships in Criminology and Justice Studies

Sociology 660: Teaching Sociology [graduate seminar]

Curriculum Vitae