Cristina Santos

Associate Professor
Office: MCA 211
905 688 5550 x4498

PhD 2001 University of Toronto, Spanish and Portuguese

MA 1996 University of Toronto, Spanish and Portuguese

BA (Honours) 1995 University of Toronto, Universidad de Granada, Spain (1993-1994)

CRISTINA SANTOS is an Associate Professor at Brock University where she teaches in Hispanic and Latin American Studies program. She is also participating faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies and the interdisciplinary program  in the PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities. Her current research and scholarship reflect an interest in investigating the monstrous depictions of women as aberrations of feminine nature vis-à-vis the socio-culturally proscribed norm. Part of this research encompasses an investigation of a transnational practice of mothering in Latina diasporic communities in Canada and the United States. She also investigates the construct of political and social deviance and trauma in life narratives as the construction of a personal and communal sense of identity that challenges official history and patriarchy. Dr. Santos is currently working on (Re)appearing the Desaparecidos: Testimonial Mural Art and Intergenerational Trauma of the Argentinean Dictatorship (1976-1983) with Dr. Adriana Spahr, a project funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant.


The Turn to Testimony: Engaging Common Ground. Santos, Cristina, Adriana Spahr, and Tracy Crowe Morey, eds. Leiden: Brill Publishing, 2019.

Unbecoming Female Monsters: Witches, Vampires and Virgins. Lanham, KY: Lexington Press. 2016.

Virgin Envy: The Cultural (In)significance of the Hymen. Eds. Jonathan A. Allan, Cristina Santos and Adriana Spahr. Regina: University of Regina Press, 2016. UK release with Kings Cross, England: Zed Publishers, 2016. (Korean translation by Translator Lee Hye-Gyeong. Chaeksesang Publishers, 2019.)

The Twilight Saga and Pedagogy. Eds. Cristina Santos, Jonathan A. Allan and Adriana Spahr. Special Issue of Monsters and the Monstrous Journal 2.2 (2012).

Monstrous Deviations in Literature and the Arts. Eds. Cristina Santos and Adriana Spahr. Oxford: Press, 2011.

The Monster Imagined: Humanity’s Re-creation of Monsters and Monstrosity. Eds. Cristina Santos and Laura K. Davis. Oxford: Press, 2010.

Morell, Arturo. De poli a diva…y de regreso / From Cop to Diva…and Back. Bilingual edition. Trans. Cristina Santos. Mexico City: Godot Intercultural, 2007. 85pp.

Defiant Deviance: The Irreality of Reality in the Cultural Imaginary. Eds. Cristina Santos and Adriana Spahr. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.

Bending the Rules in the Quest for an Authentic Female Identity: Clarice Lispector and Carmen Boullosa. New York: Peter Lang, 2004.


Puntos de partida: Introductory Spanish. Co-author Donna Rogers. Toronto: McGrawHill Ryerson, 2014.

Más: Intermediate Spanish. Co-author Donna Rogers. Toronto: McGrawHill Ryerson, 2013.

Selected Articles

“Consuming La Llorona: From Warrior Goddess to Murderous Mother to Consumable Image.” The Undead in the 21st Century: A Companion. Ed. Simon Bacon. forthcoming.

“Horror as Real and the Real as Horror: Ghosts of the Desaparecidos in Argentina.” Special Issue: Endangered Citizenship: Crime, End of the World and Biopolitics in Postcolonial Literatures and Cinema. Ed. Gaia Giuliani. e-cadernos CES 32 (2019): 29-45. 

Santos, Cristina and Tracy Crowe Morey. “Exile as Inclusion or Writing “Dangerously”: Afua Cooper’s The Hanging of Angélique.” InterDISCIPLINARY  Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies. Special Issue Words in Exile: Female Poetic Voices of the Portuguese-Speaking World 4.1 (2015): 15-29.

“CL History: Studying Comparative Literature and the Arts through an Interdisciplinary Lens” article for Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature3.2 (2014): np.

“(M)Othering the Borderlands: Testimony and the Latina Feminist Group.” Co-author Tracy Crowe Morey. Mothers and Mothering in the Global Context: Journal of the Motherhood Initiative 4.2 (2013). 89-104.

“Vampire, Witch, Serial Killer or All of the Above?: The Bloody Countess -Elizabeth Bathory.” Monstrous Deviations in Literature and the Arts. Eds. Cristina Santos and Adriana Spahr. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2011. 187-202.

Graduate (MA Studies in Comparative Literature and the Arts)

SCLA 5P73 Witches, Vampires and Virgins: The Monstrous Representation of Women

Graduate (PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities)

HUMA 7P52 Feminist Thought: Constructive Revisions of the Canon


PORT 1F00 Introductory Portuguese

PORT 1F90 Intermediate Portuguese

SPAN 1F00 Introductory Spanish

SPAN 1F90 Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 2P95 Latin American and Iberian Film

SPAN 3P98 Contemporary Chronicle and Testimonial Writing

SPAN 3F80 Im/migrant and Community Outreach Internship

SPAN 4P01 Latin American Women’s Perspectives [WSGS 4P01]

SPAN 4P60 Women in Hispanic Literature: Witches, Vampires, and Virgins [WSGS 4P60]

SPAN 4F80 Im/migrant and Community Outreach Research and Internship