Maribel Santiago is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University.  She also holds an appointment in the Department of History.  After obtaining a dual B.A. in History and Chicana/o Studies, and a M.Ed. from UCLA, Dr. Santiago taught high school social studies in Watts, a neighborhood of Los Angeles.  She also earned an M.A. in History and a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education, both from Stanford University. 

Dr. Santiago’s work has been recognized by the National Center for Institutional Diversity and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).  She is the 2016 recipient of the NCSS Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award for her dissertation, “Reconceptualizing the Teaching of Mexican American Contributions in U.S. History: A Case Study on Mendez v. Westminster” (click here for press).  Dr. Santiago has presented her research at AERA, NCSS, CUFA, and the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association.  She has also published this research in the Phi Delta Kappan, Theory & Research in Social Education, and Journal of Teacher Education Insider.

Dr. Santiago is a Los Angeles native and proud product of Los Angeles public education.  Her oaxaqueño parents instilled in her a love of history, sharing with her stories of their zapoteco family, and immigrant experiences.  She credits her family and their oral histories for developing the determination to become the first in her family to graduate from college.