Cristina Santos

Associate Professor
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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 in Hispanic and Latin American Studies and participating faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies and the PhD program in Interdisciplinary Humanities. Her 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. 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.


Untaming Girlhoods: Storytelling Female Adolescence. Abington, UK: Routledge, 2023.

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.)

Selected Articles

Santos, Cristina and Sarah Revilla-Sanchez. “La Llorona Hauntings: Storytelling Feminicide at the Purgatorial Mexico/US Border.” #TimeToLeave: Female Identity in Fictional Purgatorial Worlds From 1985 to 2020. Ed. Simon Bacon. Bloomsbury Publishers. 55-68.

“La Llorona (Various, 2006-2019)—Mexican Undead.” The Undead in the 21st Century: A Companion. Ed. Simon Bacon. New York: Peter Lang. pp. 27-35

“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. 

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