Santiago grew up in Córdoba, Argentina, where he completed undergraduate studies in law at the National University. He joined Keele in May 2019, after teaching at Middlesex University and Manchester University.  He holds an MA from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati (Basque Country) and a PhD in criminology from the University of Manchester.

Research and scholarship

Santiago’s research has spanned a range of socio-legal and criminological interests, including the legal professions, lay participation in criminal trials, fear of crime, law in everyday life and states’ legal recognition and incorporation of indigenous peoples, with a continued regional focus on Latin America. Santiago is happy to receive inquiries from students interested in supervision in these areas, as well as from those interested in qualitative methods and in developing theoretical perspectives in criminological or socio-legal research (including but not only Foucauldian perspectives, actor-network theory and postcolonial theory).


Santiago leads or contributes to the teaching of the following undergraduate modules:
  • Understanding crime
  •  Crime and Justice in a global context
  •  Punishment: Beyond the popular imagination
He also contributes to a range of modules in the MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Professional Doctorate in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Santiago is also lecturing on qualitative research methods at the master’s programme of the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati.
He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a PGCert in Higher Education from Middlesex University. 


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