Skip to Main Content

Carla Santamaria

Assistant Professor/Bilingual Education Advisor
Puerto Rican and Latino Studies

Location: 1204 Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5000 x6203
Fax: 718.951.4183

Carla Santamaria explores ways in which Puerto Rican urban music represents the challenges, forms of resistance, and contradictions that frame Caribbean societies. Some of her work focuses on links between erotism, colonialism, and Hispanic-Caribbean identity. Along with this, she has also studied how different cultural manifestations created by the Puerto Rican diaspora helped transform much of the music, poetry, and literature developed on the archipelago throughout the greater part of the XXth and XXIst centuries. Her current research explores ways in which Caribbean popular culture, more particularly urban music, can be used as a tool to innovate bilingual education and to create a curriculum based on cultural wealth. Her next project will focus on a comparative study among Latinx and Arab-American students and how their experience compares with respect to their struggles as colonial subjects in a Eurocentric context.

Show Scholarly Activities and Professional Accomplishments