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Jose Santos

  • Associate Professor


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Anthropology
    Southern Methodist University
  • Master of Arts, Anthropology
    Southern Methodist University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, General
    Brown University

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Jose Leonardo Santos is associate professor of social science at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He received his BA in anthropology from Brown University (1999) and his MA (2005) and PhD (2008) in cultural anthropology from Southern Methodist University. He previously researched immigration, evangelicalism, and masculinity. His dissertation research became the book Evangelicalism and Masculinity: Faith and Gender in El Salvador in 2012. More recently, he has focused on issues in higher education, including teaching, learning, the COVID-19 pandemic, shared governance, as well as cuts and closures to colleges and universities. Courses he has taught at Metro State include ANTH 301 Approaches to Cultural Anthropology; ANTH 302 Gender and Culture; ANTH 304 Anthropology of Religion; ANTH 310 Anthropology of Masculinity. He also teaches core courses within the social science major, including SSCI 300 Seeing Like a Social Scientist and SSCI 451 Empirical Capstone. His public discourse focus has led to a number of opinion pieces advocating greater cultural awareness, and he has been a frequent guest on Minnesota Public Radio.


2023 with Matthew Filner (In Review) “Shared Governance in the Public University: A Case Study from the US Midwest.” Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences.

2021 “Special Issue: Teaching and Learning Anthropology in the Time of COVID-19.” Teaching and Learning Anthropology. 1 (4): 1-7

2021 “Teaching in 2020: Preliminary Assessments.” Teaching and Learning Anthropology. 1 (4): 8-28

2020 “Anxiety and Learning: Cultural Polarisation in Social Science Courses.” Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences. 13 (2): 62-84.

2017 “Dear Friends and Colleagues.” in Michelle Harris, Sherrill L. Sellers, and Frederick W. Gooding Jr. (eds.) Stories from the Front of the Room. Rowman and Littlefield: New York.

2015 “Social Construction Theory.” in Patricia Wheelhan and Anne Bolin (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. John Wiley and Sons: Malden, Oxford.

2014 “Symbols that Speak: Christ and His Word in El Salvador.” in Scott Moeschberger and Rebekah Phillips DeZalia (eds.) Symbols that Bind, Symbols that Divide: The Semiotics of Peace and Conflict. Springer: New York.

2013 “How to Change a Man: Spiritual Transformation and Shifts in Gender Ideology in Evangelical El Salvador.” in Caroline Brettell and Carolyn Sargent, editors, Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective, Pearson Prentice Hall, Sixth Edition.

2012 Evangelicalism and Masculinity: Faith and Gender in El Salvador. Lexington Books: Lanham, Maryland.

2010 “Arrival and Adaptation of Salvadoran Immigrants in the North Texas Metroplex.” Urban Anthropology & Studies of Cultural Systems & World Economic Development. 39 (1-2): 109-147.

2007 with Robert V. Kemper, Julie Adkins, Marco Flores “From Undocumented Camionetas (Mini-Vans) To Federally Regulated Motor Carriers: Hispanic Transportation in Dallas, Texas, and Beyond.” Urban Anthropology & Studies of Cultural Systems & World Economic Development. 36 (4): 381-423.


2019 “State must better support its universities to deal effectively with mental health issues” MinnPost, January 11, 2019.

2018 “What are Minnesotans prepared to do about street harassment?” MinnPost, August 16, 2018.

2018 “Minnesota’s Standing Rock moment?” Pioneer Press, February 1, 2018, with Melissa Lorenz.

2017 “Swastikas in Minnesota: Without fuss, we lose” MinnPost September 7, 2017.

2017 “Why we need liberal studies now more than ever” MinnPost, April 26, 2017.

2013 “If you think part-time students don't work as hard, think some more” Minnesota Public Radio, February 15, 2013.

2013 “Our cultures clash, and we risk personal isolation as a result” Minnesota Public Radio, January 16, 2013.

2012 “The key to getting along in the world is to show respect” Minnesota Public Radio, September 21, 2012.

2012 “A message for young men: Anger is OK, but violence isn't” Minnesota Public Radio, September 3, 2012.

2012 “Grief at losing his dog made him wary of getting another” Minnesota Public Radio, August 10, 2012.

2012 “Beware those who argue every difference in extremist terms” Minnesota Public Radio, July 30, 2012.

2012 “U.N. inquiry into U.S. treatment of Indians is overdue” Minnesota Public Radio, May 3, 2012.

2012 “A Minnesota anthropologist considers the politics of identity” Minnesota Public Radio, April 5, 2012.

2012 “If I told you what I think of you, would you still dig me out of a snow bank?” Minnesota Public Radio, March 13, 2012.