José Santana


BS, University of Dayton / MA, University of Dayton / Ph.D., Southern Methodist University (Present)




As a Ph.D. Candidate, José studies the historical interplay between Africana religions and Christianity in the early modern Atlantic world. His research interests intersect around race and slavery, the development and expression of African religiosity in Latin America, and historical, theological, and theoretical interpretations of Christian interaction with surrounding cultures and religions. His current project questions the early development of Afro-Caribbean Catholicism through the encounter of enslaved Africans with the missional thought and methods of Jesuit missionaries in the early 17th century. With a growing consciousness of the African heritage amongst Latin American communities, his work foregrounds the resurgence of the rich history of African religious expression amongst Catholics in Latin America and the Caribbean.