Otto Santa Ana, a professor in the Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, has been awarded the American Political Science Association’s 2013 Ralph J. Bunche Award for his book, "Juan in a Hundred: Representations of Latinos on the Network News," published by the University of Texas Press. The award is given annually for the best scholarly work in political science that explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism and carries a $1,000 prize which, this year, will be shared by three Bunche award winners.
Santa Ana’s scholarship during the past 15 years focuses on language that constructs social hierarchies, and on how mass media amplify the construction of unjust social inequity. He is the editor of "Tongue-Tied: The Lives of Multilingual Children in Public School" (2004), an anthology about minority language in the classroom and community. He has also authored a dozen peer-reviewed articles on languages, focused mainly on the English and Spanish of U.S. Latinos.
A critical discourse analyst, Santa Ana studies the mass media representations of Latinos. Recognizing this in his first book, "Brown Tide Rising" (2002) provides a close study of newspapers. The American Political Science Association named it Book of the Year on ethnic and racial political ideology.