Anna Maria Santiago (ella)

Anna Maria  Santiago (ella)
  • Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Social Science
  • Professor of Social Work
  • 509 E. Circle Drive
  • 224 Berkey Hall
  • East Lansing MI 48824
  • 517-353-1784


  • PhD University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • MA Assumption University, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • MA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • BA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


  • Short and long-term effects of housing and social welfare programs and policies as anti-poverty and social development strategies
  • Social capital formation and asset building in low-income Latino, African American and Vietnamese families
  • Neighborhood effects on the health and well-being of low-income Latino and African American children
  • Latino communities in the United States
  • Low-income homeownership, foreclosures and predatory lending
  • Effects of adverse child experiences on child outcomes
  • Urban poverty and welfare dependency
  • Latino residential segregation and housing discrimination in U.S. metropolitan areas


  • A New Plan A: Diverse Career Journeys for Humanities PhDs. Funded by the Council of Graduate Schools. 2021-2024 (with Thomas D Jeitschko and Bill Hart-Davidson).
  • Flint Community Initiative Scholars Program. Funded by the CS Mott Foundation. 2021 (with Monica M. Villarreal).
  • A Fair Chance: The Geography of Opportunities.  Funded by the Norwegian Research Council. 2020-2023.


  • Santiago, A. M., & Leroux, J. (2021). Does pre-purchase counseling help low-income buyers choose and sustain homeownership in socially mixed destination neighborhoods?  Journal of Urban Affairs. Special issue, Creating mixed communities through housing policies: Global perspectives.
  • Santiago, A. M., Berg, K. A., & Leroux, J. (2021). Assessing the impact of neighborhood conditions on neurodevelopmental disorders during childhood. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18,  Special issue, Life Course Neighborhood Effects.
  • Santiago, A. M., & Smith, R. J. (2021). No neighborhood left behind: Building an ethos of community interconnections.  Journal of Community Practice, 29 (2),
  • Aarland, K., Santiago, A. M., Galster, G. C., & Nordvik, V. (2021). Childhood housing tenure and young adult educational outcomes: Evidence from sibling comparisons in Norway. Journal of Housing Economics,
  • Smith, R. J., & Santiago, A. M. (2021). The storming of Washington, DC: The city of love against the city of white supremacy. Journal of Community Practice, 29(1), 1-10. DOI: 10.1080/10705422.2021.1894866
  • Smith, R. J., & Santiago, A. M. (2020). More than just remembering the 100th anniversary of (White) women’s suffrage: Vote to rematriate the land. 28, 281-295, doi: 10.1080/10705422.2020.1847512
  • Santiago, A. M., & Ivery, J. (2020). Removing the knees from their necks: Mobilizing community practice and social action for racial justice. Journal of Community Practice, 28, 195-207. doi: 10.1080/10705422.2020.1823672 
  • Santiago, A. M., & Smith, R. J. (2020).  What can "Big Data" methods offer human services research on organizations and communities?  In B. McBeath & K. Hopkins (Eds.), The future of human service organizational and management research: Navigating complex frontiers (pp. 118-130).  London, UK: Routledge.
  • Santiago, A. M., & Smith, R. J. (2020).  Community practice, social action, and the politics of pandemics, Journal of Community Practice, 28, 89-99. doi: 10.1080/10705422.2020.1763744
  • Santiago, A. M., & Smith, R. J. (2019).  What can “Big Data” methods offer human services research on organizations and communities?  Human Services Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 43, 344-356.  Special issue, The future of human service organizational and management research.
  • Santiago, A. M., & Smith, R. J. (2019). Community practice with immigrant and refugee populations: Responding to a growing human rights crisis.  Journal of Community Practice, 27, 111-115.
  • Galster, G. C., Santiago, A. M., Smith, R. J., & Leroux, J. (2019). Benefit-cost analysis of an innovative program for self-sufficiency and homeownership.  Evaluation Review,
  • Santiago, A. M., & Smith, R. J. (2019). Transforming our world: community practice responses to global and national grand challenges.  Journal of Community Practice, 27, 1, 1-4. doi: 10.1080/10705422.2019.1584022


  • Member, MSU Strategic Planning Steering Committee (2020-2021)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Community Practice


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