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.