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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 in the Department of Sociology & Criminology and Justice Studies at CSU-San Marcos. He serves as the Executive Director of Project Rebound (CSUSM chapter). Xuan Santos earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Dr. Santos' areas of expertise and publications cover the following areas of interest: The Informal Economy/ Global Capitalism; Transnational Migration; Convict/Barrio Criminology; Gangs and Adolescent Subcultures; Public Sociology; Race/Class/Gender/Nation; and Tattooing. He serves as the 2021-2022 President of the California Sociological Association.

An award-winning professor, Dr. Santos received the following recognitions: the 2021 President's Award for "Scholarship and Creative Activity," The All-People's Celebration's "Builds Community Award," The Civility Champion Award, and the Civility Icon Award. A Chicano activist-scholar and self-taught artist from Boyle Heights works with the North San Diego Community on mural projects and Dia de Los Muertos displays. Santos delivers motivational keynote presentations at middle schools, high schools, college campuses, and forums. His teaching philosophy seeks to erase the margins by empowering students, invisible, and disenfranchised communities.

Dr. Santos continued work with formally incarcerated, gang-involved, and justice impacted students received media attention:

Wall Art


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)


Global Capitalism, Immigrant Labor, and the Struggle for Justice

Apartheid Justice: Gang Injunctions and The New Black Codes

Gender on the Run: Wanted Latinas in a Southern California Barrio.

Spare Parts

The Chicana Canvas: Doing Class, Gender, Race, and Sexuality through Tattooing in East Los Angeles

An Opportunity Giver (chapter 5)


Violando la Ley and Intersectionality on the Run in Violando La Ley: Latinas in the Justice System, NYU Press.

California Placaso: The Social Construction of Chicanx Gang Graffiti in Critical Handbook on Gangs, CA: Routledge.

Barrio Criminology: Chicanx and Latinx Prison Abolition in Abolish Criminology, CA: Routledge.

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;  SociologĂ­a 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 311: Inequality

Sociology 322: Critical Perspectives of Gangs

Sociology 325: Criminology

Sociology 442: Capstone in Topics in the Criminal [in]justice system

             Focus on The School to Prison Pipeline/The Prison to School Pipeline

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 640: Social Advocacy

Sociology 660: Teaching Sociology [graduate seminar]


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