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Charles  Venator-Santiago, Ph.D. - University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT, US

Charles Venator-Santiago, Ph.D. Charles  Venator-Santiago, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT, UNITED STATES

Dr. Venator-Santiago is an expert in US territorial law and policy with a focus on the history of citizenship

Biography

Charles R. Venator-Santiago is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and El Instituto, Institute for Latino/a, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies. He teaches courses in the areas of legal and political theory, Latino/a and Puerto Rican politics, and public law.

He currently directs the Puerto Rico Citizenship Archives Project, the Puerto Rico Status Archives Project, and the American Samoa Nationality and Citizenship Archives Project.

He is also the Secretariat (Executive Director) (2017-2022) and Vice-President (2019-2020)/President (2021-2022) of the Puerto Rican Studies Association.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Nation-State building in the Americas Political Theory Latino Politics Puerto Rico/US Law Territorial Legal History Public Law Puerto Rican and Latino Studies

Education (3)

University of Massachusetts at Amherst: Ph.D, Political Science 2002

Comprehensive Examinations: Public Law and History of
Political Thought Dissertation: Constitutional Interpretation and Nation-Building: Race and the Territorial Clause, 1787-1900
Chair: Roberto Alejandro

University of Massachusetts at Amherst: M.A., Political Science 1996

Areas of Specialization: International Relations and Political Theory
Thesis: The Other Nationalists, Marcus Garvey and Pedro Albizu Campos
Chair: Dean Robinson

University of Massachusetts at Amherst: B.A., Political Science 1992

Certificate: Latin American Studies

Affiliations (3)

  • Law and Society Association (LSA)
  • American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • Puerto Rican Studies Association

Accomplishments (1)

Outstanding Faculty of the Year (professional)

2012
Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center, University of Connecticut

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Puerto Rico's Challenges and Solidarity: Before and After Hurricane Maria #LASA2019 The Future of the Puerto Rican Body - Part II of Bankruptcy and Citizenship in Puerto Rico Colloquium (Session 2)

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Media Appearances (8)

Deep Cuts in Puerto Rico

Inside Higher Ed  online

2019-07-11

Professors say the deep cuts to UPR's government appropriations and hikes in tuition will jeopardize the primary engine for social mobility and economic growth for the island, which -- in addition to facing a financial crisis -- is still recovering from the extensive damage wrought by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

"They're destroying the source of professionals, the source that is going to sustain the local economy, but they’re not interested in building the economy of the island. They're trying to privatize everything on the island," said Charles R. Venator-Santiago, an associate professor of political science at the University of Connecticut and executive director and president-elect of the Puerto Rican Studies Association.

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A Territory in Limbo

U.S. News & World Report  print

2018-06-08

All U.S. territories are subject to federal rules which ban foreign air carriers to exchange cargo among their own fleet, or to transfer cargo to different carriers on U.S. soil. Hawaii and Alaska have won exemptions to this rule, but Puerto Rico, similarly geographically from the mainland, is not. Including Puerto Rico in the exemption could make the island a lucrative, Caribbean cargo hub – but there's no move in Washington to make the change, says University of Connecticut political science professor Charles Venator, author of "Puerto Rico and the Origins of U.S. Global Empire: The Disembodied Shade."

"Congress has this wide berth to do what it wants to help the island. They've chosen to discriminate downward, historically," Venator says. "It's a question of will."

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Puerto Rico to Vote Sunday on Statehood

Fox Business  online

2017-06-09

With Republicans in full control of Congress -- the body that needs to authorize the admission of a new state -- a statehood bid "is dead on arrival," said Charles Venator-Santiago, a political-science professor at the University of Connecticut.

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‘Citicien’: 100 Puerto Rican Artists Express Complexity of U.S. Citizenship

NBC News  online

2017-03-03

“Puerto Ricans who want to renounce from their U.S. citizenship can’t do it and we can’t become naturalized U.S. citizens either,” says Venator-Santiago. But once Puerto Ricans born on the island declare residency in the United States, their U.S. citizenship becomes constitutionally protected and can’t be revoked.

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Alaska, Hawaii... Puerto Rico? A Look At One Governor's Commitment To Statehood

Connecticut Public Radio  

2017-01-31

Fifty-eight years; fifty states; one governor's commitment to change. This hour: statehood for Puerto Rico -- is it in the cards? We consider what lies ahead for the island under its new leader, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

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Puerto Rican crisis roils 2016 race

The Hill  online

2016-02-28

“My guess is that the majority of them are going for Trump,” said Charles Venator-Santiago, an associate professor at the University of Connecticut. “He’s a known quantity in Puerto Rico.”

While Puerto Ricans, as U.S. citizens, are not impacted by immigration policies, Barreto wondered if Trump’s heavy hand on that topic could hurt him if they feel like the broader public is becoming hostile to Hispanics as a whole.

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Latino Millennials Have The Power, So Why Don't They Use It?

Huffington Post  online

2016-01-22

Researchers believe that these children, brought to the U.S. without documentation by their parents and whom Obama granted amnesty, might become highly active in the political arena. "My sense…is that naturalized dreamers are more prone to participate in politics [and vote] than older, naturalized Latinos," said University of Connecticut professor Charles Venator-Santiago.

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Puerto Rico’s healthcare debt looms

Marketplace  radio

2015-09-08

That could leave patients without access to healthcare. Senators introduced legislation last month to eliminate that cap on the grant for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid. Professor Charles Venator Santiago, a professor of political science at the University of Connecticut says, if adopted, it would treat the territory more like a state.

“There would have to be local reforms in the island, because the public healthcare system we have there is fairly corrupt,” he says. “There has to be a lot more accountability, and it can be done. It can be done quickly if the federal government would move forward, but I don’t see that impetus right now.”

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Research Grants (3)

Climate Change and Puerto Rican Migration to the City of Holyoke, MA

Massachusetts Vulnerability Preparedness Program Grant 

2019
P.I.
$149,000

Survey on Impact of Post-Disaster Displacement on Puerto Rican Households in the Hartford Region

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving 

2017-2018
P.I.
$47,281

Theorizing Catastrophe Working Group

University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) 

2017-2018
Small Grant (seed)
$800.00

Articles (5)

US Territorial Citizenship Today: Four Interpretations PS: Political Science & Politics

Charles R Venator-Santiago

2017
Questions about the citizenship status of people born in the US territories continue to be discussed in public debates. In 2007, Gabriel Chin (2008) questioned whether Senator John McCain, the Republican Party's presidential nominee, was a natural-born citizen, which is a constitutional requirement for eligibility to serve as the US president. Senator McCain was born on a US military base in the Panama Canal Zone, a leased and unincorporated territory located outside of the United States for purposes of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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A Note on the Puerto Rican De-Naturalization Exception of 1948 Centro Journal

Charles R Venator-Santiago

2017
In 1948, Congress enacted corrective legislation amending the citizenship provisions of both the Jones Act of 1917 and the Nationality Act of 1940. Under prevailing naturalization laws, a person born in Puerto Rico who acquired a US citizenship under the terms of the Jones Act was given a naturalized citizenship status. It followed that Puerto Ricans, like other naturalized citizens, who continuously resided or worked outside of the United States for five or more years were automatically denaturalized.

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Mapping the Contours of the History of the Extension of US Citizenship to Puerto Rico, 1898-Present Centro Journal

Charles Venator-Santiago

2017
The Jones Act of 1917 was neither the first nor the last law enacted by Congress containing a citizenship provision for Puerto Rico. Since annexing Puerto Rico in 1898, Federal lawmakers debated at least 100 bills containing citizenship, nationality, and naturalization provisions for the island's inhabitants.

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US Citzienship in Puerto Rico: One Hundred Years After the Jones Act Centro Journal

Charles R Venator-Santiago, Edgardo Meléndez

2017
On Mar 2, 1917, nineteen years after the US annexed Puerto Rico, Congress enacted the Jones Act, an organic or territorial law providing for the collective naturalization of the archipelago's inhabitants.

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Island at War: Puerto Rico in the Crucible of the Second World War Hispanic American Historical Review

Charles R Venator-Santiago

2016
Island at War was edited by Jorge Rodríguez Beruff and José L. Bolívar Fresneda and includes contributions from seven additional scholars. The main goal of this volume is to provide a comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of the impact of the Second World War on Puerto Rico.

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