Charles R. Venator

Assistant Professor

Political Science

Latino Politics, Public Law, and Political Theory

Charles R. Venator Santiago holds a joint appointment with the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies. He is also a Faculty-in-Residence for the Northwest Complex. He teaches courses with a focus on Latino Politics and Thought and in the areas of Public Law and Political Theory. His research broadly focuses on questions pertaining to Nation-State building in the Americas . He is currently completing a book-length manuscript on constitutional interpretation and the creation of spaces that belong to the U.S. but are not a part of the nation for constitutional purposes. Other ongoing research projects include work on the deportation of Dominicans from the U.S., asylum and the U.N. Convention Against Torture, and the ideological underpinnings of Latino politics in the Western hemisphere.

Selected Publications

  • (2006) “From the Insular Cases to Camp X-Ray : Agamben’s State of Exception and United States Territorial Law,” 39 Studies in Law, Politics, and Society: 15-54.


  • Constitutional Exceptions: From the Indian Boundary Line to Camp X-Ray (book manuscript)


Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-9052
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Office LocationOak Hall 424
Office HoursWed 1-3pm and by appointment