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Kelvin Santiago-Valles




Kelvin Santiago-Velles’ research and teaching interests have focused on ethno-racial labor formation, political economy, and social regulation in the capitalist world-system. His first book was "Subject People" and Colonial Discourses: Economic Transformation and Social Disorder in Puerto Rico, 1898-1947 (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994). He has recently finished a book manuscript tentatively titled "Race," Labor, and Empire: Global-Racial Regimes and “Primitive” Accumulation in the Historical Long-Term and is currently working on a second book tentatively titled Race-Making in World-Historical Perspective: Social Regulation in the Spanish Atlantic, 1650-1870. He has also published numerous book chapters and journal articles, as well as taught courses, that address: regulatory apparatuses (penal discipline in particular); the multiple social resistances to hegemonic forms of domination and exploitation (especially, the criminal justice system); worldwide structures of meaning and the conceptual-methodological frameworks used to study such structures; Caribbean, Latin American, and U.S. Latina/o studies; the African diaspora and critical race theories/critical legal studies; urban studies, visual culture, and the social production of space; as well as gender and sexuality; all this from long-term/large-scale perspectives.


  • PhD, The Union Institute
  • BA, Goddard College

Research Interests

  • African Diaspora
  • The Americas
  • The Caribbean Within World-system


  • University Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

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Selected Publications:

  • "Coercion and Concrete Labor within Historical Capitalism: Reexamining Intersectionality Theory," in Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz, ed., The World-System as Unit of Analysis: Past Contributions and Future Advances (New York and London: Routledge, 2017), 17-26.
  • "Forced labor in colonial penal institutions across the Spanish, U.S., British, and French Atlantic, 1860s-1920s," in Marcel van der Linden and Magaly Rodríguez García, eds., On Coerced Labor: Work and Compulsion after Chattel Slavery (Leiden, UK: Brill, Series on Studies in Global Labor History, 2016), pp. 73-97.
  • “Bridge of Hemispheric Command, Helmsman of the Caribbean: New York City, 1890s-1920s,” World History Connected, vol. 13, no.1 (February, 2016), online journal; http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/13.1/forum_santiago_valles.html
  • "The Fin-de-Siecles of Great Britain and the United States: Comparing Two Declining Phases of Global Capitalist Hegemony," in Alfred McCoy, Josep Fradera, and Stephen Jacobson, eds., Endless Empire: Spain’s Retreat, Europe’s Eclipse, and America’s Decline (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012), pp. 182-190, 413-418.
  • "American Penal Forms and Colonial-Spanish Custodial-Regulatory Practices in Fin-de-Siecle Puerto Rico," in Alfred McCoy and Francisco Scarano, eds., Colonial Crucible: Empire in the Making of the Modern American State (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009), 87-94.

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae