Jose M Santillana

José Manuel Santillana is a doctoral candidate in the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Minnesota. His activism and organizing efforts focus on interrogating and disrupting white supremacist- settler colonial(ism)-heteropatriarchy, while his research specifically explores Mexican social life in rural Central California where there is ongoing environmental degradation. His expertise are in the areas of Jotería Studies, Chicanx Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic studies, Women of Color Feminism and Environmental Studies. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Chicanx Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Northridge. His master's thesis was titled "La Jotería de UCLA: Queer Latina/o Chicana/o Student Activism.” He also co-authored an article entitled "Jotería Identity and Consciousness: The Formation of a Collective" in Aztlán: A journal for Chicano Studies.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: Feminist Studies, University of Minnesota, 2018.
  • M.A.: Chicana and Chicano Studies, California State University, Northridge, 2011.
  • B.A.: Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Chicana/Latina and Women of Color Feminisms
  • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Critical Indigenous Studies
  • Environmental Justice Studies
  • Jotería Studies
  • Chicanx and Latinx Studies
Courses Taught
  • Chicano Latino Studies 3212: Chicana Studies: La Chicana in Contemporary Society
  • Chicano Latino Studies 4243: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States: Families, Work and Advocacy
  • Chicano Latino Studies 4243: Chicanx Latinx Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies/Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Studies 4403: Queer People of Color and Indigenous Theories
  • Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies 3002: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality and Immigration
  • Santillana, Jose M. "Somos Joteria: UCLA Chicana/o Latina/o activists fighting for social justice." Transmovimientos: Latinx Queer Migrations, Bodies, and Spaces (Forthcoming):
  • Santillana, Jose M. "Radical Queer Love: A self-reflection of pain, truth and healing." Saving Our Lives: Queer Indigenous, Muxerista, Womanist, and Feminist of color Voices (Forthcoming ):
  • José M Santillana, Anita Revilla, Joana Nuñez and Sergio Gonzalez. " Jotería-Muxerista Love in the Classroom: Brown Queer Feminist Strategies for Social Transformation." Handbook of Latinos and Education (Forthcoming):
  • José Manuel Santillana & Anita Revilla. "Jotería Identity and Consciousness." The Chicana/o Education Pipeline: History, Institutional Critique, and Resistance (2018):
  • José Manuel Santillana & Anita Revilla. "Jotería Identity and Consciousness." Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 39 (1) (2014): 167-180.
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2020 - 2021
  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF), Minnesota Population Center & The Graduate School, University of Minnesota, 2019 - 2020
  • Beverly and Richard Fink Summer Fellowship, 2015 - 2019
  • Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Award, University of Minnesota, 2018
  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program Certificate of Appreciation, 2017
  • Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship , 2015 - 2016
  • Community of Scholars Summer Fellows, 2015