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Santiago Guerra

Associate Professor Colorado CollegeDepartment of Southwest Studies
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Biographical Info

Santiago Guerra completed a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology with a thematic concentration in the Mexican American Borderlands Program and a Doctoral Portfolio in Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. He has also been trained in the field of drug-related research by leading researchers from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse. Santiago’s research background and teaching experience are in the fields of Social/Cultural Anthropology, Mexican American/Latino Studies and Southwest/Borderlands Studies. His research centers on the social construction of illegality, criminality and policing along the South Texas-Mexico Border. His dissertation, From Vaqueros to Mafiosos: A Community History of Drug Trafficking in Rural South Texas, is an ethnographic study of the impact of the drug trade on a rural South Texas border community and received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2012 from the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies-Tejas FOCO.  To date his work has been supported by various funding sources, including the National Science Foundation, College of Liberal Arts and  the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies at Colorado College. Email:

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