Core Faculty

PhD 1992, University of Chicago, History
M.A. 1984, New York University, Latin American and Caribbean Studies
B.A. 1977, Princeton University, Sociology & Latin American Studies

Office Room: B-200 | Lucy Stone Hall, Livingston Campus
Office Phone: 848-445-3824
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Research Interests

El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, History of Latin America, Peasant and Working Class History, Revolt and Revolution, Puerto Rico, Caribbean History, Puerto Ricans & Latinos in the US, New York City
Biographical Information Professor Laura-Santiago is a Professor in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Department of History. His most recent publication To Rise in Darkness (Duke University Press, 2008), co-authored by Jeffrey Gould (Indiana University), is a history of the 1932 peasant/communist revolt of El Salvador and the traumatic memory of state-sponsored mass murder that followed it and has haunted the country ever since. His previous An Agrarian Republic (Pittsburgh, 1999) traces the social, economic and political history of El Salvador during the nineteenth century.  His current research focuses on the regional history of the peasantry in Western Mexico and the history of the Puerto Rican working class in New York City. He has served professionally in different capacities: as President of the New England Council of Latin American Studies, as Chair of the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association and as coordinator of many Central America-related conferences, panels and organizations.

Courses Regularly Taught

  Undergraduate Graduate
  History of Central American Revolutions Latin American Workers, South and North
  US Latino History The Caribbean in the Age of Revolution
  History of Mexico Latin America during the nineteenth Century
  US Latino Labor History State, Nation and Revolution in Central America
  Latino New York  
  Puerto Rican History  
  History of Cuba  
  Peasants and Workers in Latin America  
  Central America and the Caribbean  
  Central American Revolutions  
  Latino History  




  • 2008. To Rise in Darkness: Revolution, Repression, and Memory in El Salvador(Jeffrey Gould, Co-Author). Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2004. Landscapes of Struggle: Politics, Society, and Community in El Salvador (Co-editor Leigh Binford). Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • 2003. Una República Agraria: los campesinos en la economía y la política de El Salvador en el siglo XIX. San Salvador: Dirección de Publicaciones e Impresos, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y el Arte.
  • 1999. An Agrarian Republic: Commercial Agriculture and the Politics of Peasant Communities in El Salvador, 1823-1914. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • 1998. Identity and Struggle at the Margins of the Nation-State: The Laboring Peoples of Central America and the Hispanic Caribbean (co-editor Aviva Chomsky). Durham:Duke University Press.
  • 1991. The Social-Historical Construction of Repression in El Salvador. New York: Columbia University/New York University

Books in Progress

  • A history of Puerto Rican workers and work in New York City, 1918-1970
  • Nineteenth-Century Peasants, Coffee and Mestizaje in Eastern Mexico

Book Chapters

  • 2011. “Land, Labor, Production and Trade: Nineteenth century Economic and Social Patters”. In (Ed.) Holloway, Thomas. A companion to Latin American History. Malden: Blackwell Pub.
  • 2005. “The Culture and Politics of State Terror and Repression in El Salvador” In (Eds.) Menjívar, Cecilia and Néstor Rodriguez. When States Kill: Latin America, the U.S., and Technologies of Terror. Austin: University of Texas Press.


  • 2011. "Holding the City Hostage: Popular Sectors and Elites in San Miguel, El Salvador, 1875". The Americas. 68 (1): 63-95
  • 2005. "Nos llaman ladrones y se roban nuestro salario: hacia una reinterpretacion de la movilizacion rural salvadoreña". Revista De Historia. (San Jose, C. R.). (51-52): 51-52
  • 2004. ""[Review of] Cultivating Coffee: The Farmers of Carazo, Nicaragua, 1880-1930". The Americas. 61 (2): 265-267
  • "[Review of] Experiencias contrastadas: industrialización y conflictos en los textiles del centro-oriente de México, 1884-1917". The Americas. 59 (1): 114-116.
  • 2002. "Trabajan para vivir: descripcion de El Salvador por John Newbigging en la decada de 1880". Mesoamerica (Antigua,Guatemala). 23 (43): 104-133.
  • 1998. "[Review of] Militarization and Demilitarization in El Salvador's Transition to Democracy". The Journal of Developing Areas. 32 (4): 556-558
  • 1995. "Historical research and sources on El Salvador". Latin American Research Review. 30 (2): 151-176.
  • 1997. "[Review of] El paso del cometa: Estado, política y culturas populares en Costa Rica (1800-1950)". The Hispanic American Historical Review. 77 (4): 735-736.

Media Appearances

  • forthcoming