Wayne Santoro

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. The Ohio State University (1999)

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Office: SS 1106
Office phone: 505-277-1849

Research Areas

My research interest lies in understanding social movement processes among racial/ethnic minority populations, in particular Mexican Americans and African Americans. One line of work examines the conditions under which governments become responsive to social movements. What role, for instance, did Latinos play in preventing states from adopting English-only laws? Why did the federal government adopt voting rights and equal employment laws? A second line of work seeks to understand why individuals participate in movement events. How does generation, for instance, affect the likelihood of Mexican American participation in protest events? Do social connections to whites encourage or discourage Mexican American protest-participation? A third line of research applies social movement scholarship and theorizing to help understand how city political contexts affect the fate of immigrant and black neighborhoods. Current research investigates processes of institutionalization and radicalization during the decline of the civil rights movement, including its gendered nature and tactical fate. Another current project examines how Arab Americans have responded to post-9/11 repression at both the micro and macro-level. Future work will turn to understanding the emergence, heyday, and decline of the Chicano movement.


Select Publications

Wayne Santoro most recently presented his work, co-authored with Max Fitzpatrick, at the 2013 American Sociological Association conference in New York City.    

2013. “Neighborhood Immigration, Violence, and City-Level Immigrant Political Opportunities.” American Sociological Review 78:604-632. With Christopher J. Lyons and María B. Vélez.

2012. “Mexican American Protest, Ethnic Resiliency, and Social Capital: The Mobilization Benefits of Cross-Cutting Ties.” Social Forces 91:209-231. With María B. Vélez and Stacy Keogh.

2011. “Generational Status and Mexican American Political-Participation: The Benefits and Limitations of Assimilation.” Political Research Quarterly 64:172–184. With Gary M. Segura.

2008. “The Civil Rights Movement and the Right to Vote: Black Protest, Segregationist Violence, and the Audience.” Social Forces 86:1391 1414.

2002. “The Civil Rights Movement’s Struggle for Fair Employment: A ‘Dramatic Events - Conventional Politics’ Model.” Social Forces 81:177-206.


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