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Santana, Nelson


Education: 2014 MS(LIS), Library and Information Science, Drexel University

2013, Study of the Americas, City College of the City University of New York

Research and Teaching Interests: Intellectual, social, and cultural history of Latin American migrants in the United States; the role of libraries and archives in underserved communities; and cultural production that looks at the link between social movements and music in the Caribbean.


Professor Nelson Santana is Assistant Professor / Deputy Chief and Collection Development Librarian at Bronx Community College. In his role as Collection Development Librarian, Professor Santana leads the library’s efforts in developing and maintaining the library’s collection of resources, which supports the learning and research needs of the Bronx Community College students, faculty, and staff.

Professor Santana is an information professional and scholar of Dominican, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies. His scholarship has been published in journals, edited volumes, and online peer-reviewed forums including Estudios Sociales; Latinx Talk; Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (2016) edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight; Juan Pablo Duarte: The Humanist / Juan Pablo Duarte: El humanista (2015) edited by Rhina Espaillat and Sarah Aponte; and Latin American Collection Concepts: Essays on Libraries, Collaborations and New Approaches (2019) edited by Gayle Ann Williams and Jana Lee Krentz. 

Professor Santana is an active member of several professional associations including the Dominican Studies Association (DSA), Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), and Library Association of The City University of New York (LACUNY). In the past, he has served in leadership roles such as president, treasurer, committee chair, and board member. 

Professor Santana is the recipient of several awards, grants, and fellowships including PSC-CUNY Traditional A and B Awards, 2022 CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Fellowship, Dan C. Hazen Fellowship, American Library Association / National Endowment for the Humanities American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries, LACUNY Travel Grant, Association of Research Libraries Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Diversity Scholar (presently known as the Kaleidoscope Program), and Drexel Dean’s Fellowship, among others.

Contact Information

Office: North Hall and Library, Room 257

Phone: 718-289-5100 ext. 3561


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