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Xuan Santos, Ph. D

Xuan Santos, Ph. D

Associate Professor of Sociology

Office: SBSB 4206

Xuan Santos, Ph. D

Dr. Xuan Santos is an Associate Professor and the Internship Coordinator in the Department of Sociology & Criminology and Justice Studies at CSU-San Marcos.  He is also the Director of the Criminology and Justice Studies Major in Temecula (CSUSM).  He earned his PhD in Sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara.  Dr. Santos’ areas of expertise are the following: The Informal Economy/Political Economy/Global Capitalism; Transnational Migration; Convict/Barrio Criminology; Gangs and Adolescent Subcultures; Public Sociology; Race/Class/Gender/Nation; and Body Modifications/Tattooing.   Dr. Santos is the advisor of the Transitions Collective student organization.  He works with formally incarcerated and gang-involved students.  He is an award winning professor who received the following recognitions: The All People’s Celebration’s “Builds Community Award,” Civility Champion, and Civility Icon.  Dr. Santos is a Chicano activist-scholar from Boyle Heights, a community East of the Los Angeles River. He is a motivational keynote speaker who speaks at middle schools, high schools, college campuses and forums. His teaching philosophy seeks to erase the margins by empowering invisible, voiceless and disenfranchised communities and his 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]


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