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Christine Garst-Santos

Christine Garst-Santos


Director and Associate Professor of Spanish

Office Building

Lincoln Hall



Mailing Address

Lincoln Hall 132A
School of American & Global Studies-Box 2212
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Dr. Christine Garst-Santos is an Associate Professor of Spanish and the inaugural Director of the School of American & Global Studies. Christi began serving as interim Department Head of Modern Languages and Global Studies in 2017, leading the department through academic and organizational transitions to the formation of the School of American and Global Studies in 2019. The school houses seven majors, ten minors, and six interdisciplinary certificates as well as three active research and outreach units: The Ethics Lab, The South Dakota Polling Project, and the Public Humanities Initiative. Christi is a Cervantes scholar by training and her current projects explore what early modern Spanish literature and culture can teach us about our own disinformation age. Ensuring that the liberal arts are central to the school’s (and university’s) land-grant mission is her calling. For example, Christi has developed or co-developed several collaborative outreach projects that work to create flourishing local communities through ESL classes for agricultural workers, cultural venues for immigrants and refugees in Sioux Falls, Lakota language revitalization projects, intercultural competence trainings for industry partners, and civic engagement through a new public service academy.


Ph.D. in Spanish Literature, The University of Iowa (2013)
M.A. in Spanish with a Certification in Chicano Studies, Colorado State University
B.A. in Spanish, Colorado State University

Academic Interests

Christian-Muslim Relations in the Early Modern Mediterranean
Gender and Performance Studies
Spanish Civil War
Immigration in Contemporary Spain and the US
Intercultural Competence & Diversity Training

Medieval Spanish Literature
Spanish American Narrative, Colonial to Present


Awards and Honors

Dr. Harold and Barbara Bailey Award for Excellence in Academic Department/School Leadership, South Dakota State University. (2024).

Office of International Affairs Global Engagement Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education and Leadership, Presented to the School of American & Global Studies, South Dakota State University. (2022).

2018-19 J.P. Hendrickson Liberal Arts Faculty Scholar Award, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. (2018).

Faculty Award for Global Engagement: Internationalizing the Student Experience, SDSU Office of International Affairs and Outreach. (2017).

Edward Patrick Hogan Award for Teaching Excellence, South Dakota State University. (2013).

Students’ Association Teacher of the Year, College of Arts and Sciences, South Dakota State
University. (2009 and 2013).


Kirschner, L. A. (Co-Principal), Garst-Santos, C. (Co-Principal), Sponsored by South Dakota Humanities Council, State, $2,000.00. (November 28, 2017 - July 31, 2019).

Caquot Baggett, M.-P. E. (Co-Principal), Garst-Santos, C. A. (Co-Principal), "Intra-Departmental Learning Communities," Sponsored by Faculty Excellence, South Dakota State University, $5,000.00. (2013 - 2016).

Garst-Santos, C. A. (Principal), "3rd Annual Spanish Undergraduate Research Conference Funding," Sponsored by University Program Council, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community, South Dakota State University, $3,300.00. (2015).

Garst-Santos, C. A. (Principal), "Week to End Violence against Women Program," Sponsored by University Program Council, South Dakota State University, $3,500.00. (2013).

Garst-Santos, C. A. (Principal), "Women and Giving International Research Grant," Sponsored by Women's Giving Circle, South Dakota State University, $2,000.00. (2012).


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