Dr. J. Santiago M. serves a dual appointment as a full-time Lecturer of African-American History and Castilian Spanish at Bowie State University. He has three degrees in History including a Masters and a Doctorate from Howard University both in the areas of Latin American and Caribbean History with a concentration on the Black Diaspora. He has been actively teaching at the university level for over a decade and has travelled extensively throughout the Americas and Europe including destinations in the Spanish, Dutch, and English Caribbean; the Central American country of Panama; and the South American countries of Venezuela, Ecuador, while previously residing in the Republic of Colombia for several years. His European travels and research have taken him repeated times to the countries of England, France, Germany, and Spain including the Island of Tenerife of the Canary Islands off the coast of Morocco.
Presently, his research is engaging the primary resources of different South American archival repositories in an attempt to retrieve the abundantly rich ethnographic information of captive Africans landed there in centuries past, recorded by government and ecclesiastic officials. His research deals with pinpointing specifically which Africans were brought to the Americas during slavery and what were their technological contributions to the development of the American economies.
Dr. J. Santiago M. is fluent in Spanish and converses in Ki-Swahili and Portuguese. He is a member of the Association of African-American Life and History (ASALH) and attends international conferences each year related to South American HBCUs, student interchange, faculty enhancement, and African-oriented curriculum development. He is in his third year as a member of the BSU faculty.