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My research interest lies in understanding social movement processes among Latinos 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? More recent work investigates processes of institutionalization and radicalization during the decline of the civil rights movement.
Wayne Santoro most recently presented his work, co-authored with Max Fitzpatrick, at the Social Movement Activist Session during the 2012 American Sociological Association conference in Denver. Currently Wayne is applying social movement research and theorizing to help understand how city political context affects the fate of immigrant and black neighborhoods. Future work will turn to understanding the emergence, heyday, and decline of the Chicano movement.
Santoro, Wayne A., María B. Vélez, and Stacy Keogh. 2012. “Mexican American Protest, Ethnic Resiliency, and Social Capital: The Mobilization Benefits of Cross-Cutting Ties.” Social Forces 91:209-231.
Santoro, Wayne A., and Gary M. Segura. 2011. “Generational Status and Mexican American Political-Participation: The Benefits and Limitations of Assimilation.” Political Research Quarterly 64:172–184.
Santoro, Wayne A. 2008. “The Civil Rights Movement and the Right to Vote: Black Protest,
Santoro, Wayne A. 2002. “The Civil Rights Movement’s Struggle for Fair Employment: A ‘Dramatic Events - Conventional Politics’ Model.” Social Forces 81:177-206.
Santoro, Wayne A. 1999. “Conventional Politics Takes Center Stage: The Latino Struggle Against English-Only Laws.” Social Forces 77:887-909.