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CUNY Dominican Studies Institute

Nelson Santana

Santana-Nelson  Assistant Librarian
  CUNY Dominican Studies Institute

  T: 212.650.7170



Nelson Santana is Assistant Librarian at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, working directly with the Institute's Chief Librarian Sarah Aponte in the management and daily functions of the Library. As Assistant Librarian he provides research and reference consultations to researchers and maintains the  Library's collections, among other tasks. He supervises college assistants, work-study students, interns and volunteers, working in the Archives and Library.

Mr. Santana is a graduate of Baruch College with a bachelor's degree in English Literature. In fall 2012 he completed a master's degree in the Study of the Americas from The City College of New York. At present time Mr. Santana is pursuing a Master of Science in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Studies at Drexel University.

Mr. Santana's research interest includes the intellectual history of Dominican migration to the United States. In his MA thesis, "The Political Theology of Juan Paulino's Club Cívico y Cultural Juan Pablo Duarte" (2012), Mr. Santana argues how Roman Catholicism served as one of the principal driving forces that fueled the founding of one of the earliest Dominican organizations. He used the archival collection of Juan A. Paulino, which is housed at the Dominican Archives. Mr. Santana is the recipient of several awards. He was awarded a Dean's fellowship at Drexel University and is currently a Diversity Scholar (2013-2015) for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).


"Luis Días," "Juan Marichal," "Pedro Martínez," "José Mesón" and "Alex Rodriguez." In Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming. 

"Juan Pablo Duarte." In The Encyclopedia of Latino and Latina History. D.H. Figueredo, ed. New York, NY: Facts on File, Incorporated, forthcoming. 

"Expanding the Scope of Music: From Dancing Tunes to Production." In "Dominican Immigrants" by Ramona Hernández and Anthony Stevens-Acevedo. Multicultural America: An Encyclopedia of the Newest Americans. Ronald H. Bayor, ed. Santa Barbara: Greenwood Press, 2011. Print.


"Forging a Dominican American Identity through Political Theology: The Case of the Club Cívico y Cultural Juan Pablo Duarte." Presented at SUNY Binghamton's Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders Conference 2013: "Reimagining the New World(s)." Binghamton, New York. 19 Apr. 2013. 

"Roman Catholicism as the Most Important Cultural Product of Dominican Civic Organizing: The Case of the CCCJPD." Presented at SUNY Stony Brook's the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Center's 12th Annual Graduate Conference – "Commodities, Capitalism, and Culture: Latin America and Global Links." New York, New York. 12 Apr. 2013.