Adrianna M. Santos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Department of Arts and Humanities
College of Arts and Sciences
Texas A&M University-San Antonio
One University Way
San Antonio, TX 78224
Office: (210) 784-2278
Adrianna M. Santos earned a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin (2002), M.A. in Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2009), and Ph.D. in Chicana and Chicano Studies with an emphasis in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2014).
She is an Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University-San Antonio where she teaches classes on Latinx and Chicanx literature, multiethnic American literature, borderlands theory, and women of color feminisms. Dr. Santos is the advisor for the A&M-SA Mexican American Student Association and recently directed a student production of The Panza Monologues, Virginia Grise and Irma Mayorga’s theatrical homage to the Tejanas of San Antonio.
She has published and spoken on issues of equity for women, immigrants, and marginalized communities, including a chapter titled ““Healing Our Wounds through our Words: Anzaldúa, Violence, and Storytelling” in El Mundo Zurdo and a review of The Panza Monologues, in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. Her chapter “Performing the Panza” is forthcoming in the MLA Options for Teaching Series, Teaching Mexicana and Chicana Writers of the Twentieth Century.
She also promotes anti-violence advocacy, having volunteered at various community centers, women’s and children’s centers and rape crisis centers. She won funding awards for her dissertation project from the U.C. Center for New Racial Studies, and UCSB Chicano Studies Institute, among others. Her book-length study of literature and performance art as transformative tools of healing and social justice, Beyond Survival: Truama Studies and Chicanx Poetics in the Literary Borderlands, is currently in development.
Research Interests: Chicanx, Latinx, and multiethnic literature; women of color feminisms; social and cultural movements; critical race theory; queer studies; postcolonial studies; trauma and violence studies; decolonial methodologies; performance and popular culture; and pedagogy.