José Manuel Santillana Blanco

José Manuel Santillana Blanco is a queer feminist scholar, community organizer and storyteller. As a son of Mexican immigrant parents, José Manuel was politicized within the rural migrant farmworker landscapes of central California. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies at UC Davis. Drawing on the work of Black, Latinx and Indigenous decolonial thinkers, his work explores the ways Black, Immigrant and Indigenous women-led community struggles across the United States have been foundational to our understanding of racialized social life, ecological violence and resistance across entangled geographies. Santillana Blanco’s work has been published in Aztlán: A Journal for Chicano Studies, University of Washington Press, University of Nebraska Press and Routledge. He is the recipient of the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Interdisciplinary Dissertation Fellowship at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, and UC President’s and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.


AGITATE! Content by José Manuel Santillana Blanco

Unruly Subjects: On Student Activism, the Neoliberal University, and Infiltration

Building Relations, Critical University Studies and Student Activism: A Conversation with Roderick A. Ferguson