Christopher Santiago, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, English

2015 Recipients of the PhD Achievement Award

Christopher Santiago, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, English

Faculty Advisor: David St. John

Christopher studies the literature of Asian diasporas and Asian diasporic writers’
responses to the experience of displacement and dispersion. His research and
teaching seek to advance diversity in higher education by not only developing new
readings of diasporic texts, but by increasing scholarly understanding of the
experiences of immigrants, refugees, and other displaced peoples, and by arguing for
the indispensability of diasporic literature within a larger literary and social
discourse. Christopher has received a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from The
Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, fellowships from Kundiman
and ACE-Nikaido, multiple Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominations, honorable
mentions from the Ford Foundation and Stony brook Short Fiction Contest, and the
Manuel G. Flores Award from PAWA, Inc. Christopher’s poems, short stories, and
nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications including FIELD, Pleiades,
Postcolonial Text, The Asian American Literary Review, the Offending Adam, Canteen,
Revolver, Kartika Review, and Anamesa. Christopher has accepted an appointment at
the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota as a tenure-track Assistant
Professor of English with a specialty in New Media & Digital Arts, beginning in
September 2015.