Anna Maria Santiago (ella)

Anna Maria  Santiago (ella)
  • Senior Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives, College of Social Science
  • Professor - Tenure
  • 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. 2021-2023 (with Monica M. Villarreal).
  • Early Start Program Mentoring Families Pilot.” Funded by Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant,  Office for Inclusions and Intercultural Initiatives, Michigan State University. 2021-2022.
  • Making Ends Meet: Differences in Neighborhood Brokerage Resources in Ethnic-Racial Communities in the Post-COVID Era. Funded by the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Initiative, College of Social Science and Social Work, Michigan State University. 2021-2022.
  • A Fair Chance: The Geography of Opportunities.  Funded by the Norwegian Research Council. 2020-2023.


  • Galster, G. C., Magnusson Turner, L., & Santiago, A. M. (2022). Decomposing educational disparities between immigrants and natives in Oslo: How gender, parents and place matter.  Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, doi:10.1080/1369183X.2022.2096578.
  • Santiago, A. M., & Leroux, J. (2022). Does pre-purchase counseling help low-income buyers choose and sustain homeownership in socially mixed destination neighborhoods?  Journal of Urban Affairs, 44(3), 416-438. Special Issue, Creating Mixed Communities through Housing Policies: Global Perspectives.
  • Levin, I., Santiago, A. M., & Arthurson, K. (2022). Creating mixed communities through housing policies: Global perspectives.  Journal of Urban Affairs, 44(3), 291-304. Special issue, Creating Mixed Communities through Housing Policies: Global Perspectives.
  • Santiago, A. M., & Leroux, J. (2022). Family Self-Sufficiency program outcomes for participants enrolling during and after the Great Recession. Families in Society, 103(1), 21-36.  Special issue, Financial Capability and Asset Building: Achievement, Challenges and Next Steps.
  • Galster, G. C., Magnusson Turner, L., & Santiago, A. M. (2021). Neighborhood selection by natives and immigrants: Homophily or limited spatial search?  Housing Studies, doi: 10.1080/02673037.2021.2014415
  • Santiago, A. M., & Leroux, J. (2021). Hogar dulce hogar?: Pre-purchase counseling and the experiences of low-income Latinx homeowners in Denver.  Cityscape, 23(3), 95-136. Special issue, The Hispanic Housing Experience, Part II.
  • Santiago, A. M., & Smith, R. J. (2021). The struggle for justice in communities continues. Journal of Community Practice, 29(4), 329-333. doi:10.1080/10705422.2021.2008708
  • Patterson, K., Santiago, A. M., & Silverman, R. M. (2021). The enduring backlash against racial justice in the United States: Mobilizing strategies for institutional change.  Journal of Community Practice, 29(4), 334-344. doi: 10.1080/10705422.2021.1998875.  Special issue, Beyond Lip Service: Bringing Racial Justice to Black and Brown Communities.
  • Lee, E., & Santiago, A. M. (2021). Cumulative exposure to neighborhood conditions and substance use initiation among low-income Latinx and African American adolescents.  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,18, 10831., Special issue, Life Course Neighborhood Effects.
  • 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), 91-98
  • 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


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


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