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Wayne A. Santoro

Associate Professor

Photo: Wayne A. Santoro
SSCI 1060

Curriculum vitae


PhD, Sociology, The Ohio State University (1999)

Research Interests

Race and Ethnicity , Social Movements

Ethnic Political Assimilation/Incorporation

Research Statement:

My research interest lies in understanding social movement processes and the political incorporation of racial/ethnic minority populations in the U.S., including Mexican Americans, African Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Arab Americans.  One line of work examines the conditions under which governments become responsive to social movements.  What role, for instance, did Latinos play in preventing states from adopting English-only laws?  Why did the federal government enact voting rights and equal employment laws?  A second line of work seeks to understand why individuals participate in movement events.  How does generation or social ties to whites, for instance, affect the likelihood Mexican Americans join street demonstrations?   How did experiences with post-9/11 repression, or fear of such repression, impact protest participation among Arab Americans?  A third line of research applies social movement scholarship and theorizing to help understand how city political contexts affect the fate of immigrant and black neighborhoods.  A last line of research investigates processes occurring during the decline of the civil rights movement, including the gendered nature of rioting, tactical preferences for moderation or militancy, and black assessment of movement success. Current and future work seeks to understand the emergence, heyday, and decline of the Chicano movement as well as the applicability of segmented assimilation theory to account for Puerto Rican political-engagement.  

Recent/Select Publications:

Marian Azab* and Wayne A. Santoro. forthcoming. 2017. “Rethinking Fear and Protest: The Racialized Repression of Arab Americans and the Mobilization Benefits of Being Afraid,” Mobilization: An International Quarterly (December Special Issue on Racialization)

Santoro, Wayne A. 2015. “Was the Civil Rights Movement Successful? Tracking and Understanding Black Views,” Sociological Forum 30(S1): 627-647.

Santoro, Wayne A. and Marian Azab*.  2015. “Arab American Protest in the Terror Decade: Macro- and Micro-Level Response to Post-9/11 Repression.” Social Problems 62(2): 219-240.

Santoro, Wayne A. and Lisa Broidy.  2014.  “Gendered Rioting:  A General Strain Theoretical Approach,”  Social Forces 93(1):329-354.

Denotes graduate student coauthor


Social Movements

Research Methods

Race and Inequality

Social Movements  (graduate)