Charles R. Venator-Santiago, (Ph.D., Political Science, UMass-Amherst) is an assistant professor with a joint appointment to the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Latino Studies. He is currently Vice-President/President Elect of the Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA), and a Steering Committee/Board Member of the Latino & Latina Critical Theory (LatCrit) organization. In addition, Professor Venator-Santiago is actively working with the Latino & Puerto Rican Affairs Commission on several projects that focus on improving the quality of life of Latino/as in the state of Connecticut.
Professor Venator-Santiago teaches courses in the Public Law, American Politics and Political Theory. His courses focus on U.S. Law and Society, Latino political behavior and Latino politics, law and immigration, and various debates in the history of political thought. He has been researching and writing about U.S. territorial legal history, race and citizenship; and the relationship between law and nation-state building in the Americas. He is also working on several research projects on Latino/as in CT that include the 2011/12 redistricting initiative, narrowing the academic achievement gap, and some statewide polls on the economic and social status of Latino/as.