• Assistant Professor
Emilce Santana


Emilce Santana is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University. She received her doctorate in sociology with a specialization in Population Studies in 2019 from Princeton University. Her research interests include immigrant integration, colorism, and cross-ethnoracial relationships. She has published her work in venues such as The Sociological Quarterly, Race and Social Problems, Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, and Sociological Inquiry.

Courses Taught at Texas A&M

  • SOCI 317: Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SOCI 337: International Migration
  • SOCI 489: The Sociology of Appearance
  • SOCI 632: Migration

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Princeton University

Research Interests

    • Race and Ethnicity
    • Colorism
    • Immigrant Integration
    • Social Stratification

Awards & Honors

  • Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars (2017-2018; 2018-2019)

Selected Publications

    • Santana, Emilce. 2022. “Friendship is Skin (Color) Deep: Skin Color and Friendships across Ethnoracial Lines.” Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race 19(1):147-173.
    • Santana, Emilce. 2018. “Situating Perceived Discrimination: How Do Skin Color and Acculturation Shape Perceptions of Discrimination Among Latinos?” The Sociological Quarterly.