Álvaro Santana-Acuña (Ph.D., Harvard University, 2014) is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Whitman College and Instructor at the Harvard Summer School.
He studies the intersection of material culture and social orders and is particularly interested in how people use objects as vehicles for the transmission of dominant cultural values and norms. His scholarship has appeared in the American Journal of Cultural Sociology, American Sociologist, and Journal of World Literature and has received awards from the American Sociological Association.
Santana-Acuña has held fellowships from the Paris Institute for Advanced Study, Stanford University, Fulbright Commission, Harry Ransom Center, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales de Paris, University of Edinburgh, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and Institut d’Études Politiques-Sciences Po Paris
He is the author of Ascent to Glory: How One Hundred Years of Solitude Was Written and Became a Global Classic (Columbia University Press, 2020), a groundbreaking and award-winning study of the imagination, production, and circulation of One Hundred Years of Solitude, one of the best-selling novels of all time. A Spanish edition is forthcoming in 2021. He is also the curator of “Gabriel García Márquez: The Making of a Global Writer,” the first major exhibition featuring documents from the García Márquez’s archives, alongside other materials by William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Jorge Luis Borges, and Julio Cortázar. This exhibition is also expected to open at the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City in 2021.
Santana-Acuña is the co-editor of Sociology of the Arts in Action: New Perspectives on Creation, Production, and Reception (Palgrave Macmillan, 201). (Spanish edition by Gedisa).
His research has been featured in the BBC (United Kingdom),The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time, National Public Radio (United States), El País, El Mundo, Radio Nacional de España (Spain), La Vie des idées (France), El Universal (Mexico), El Espectador (Colombia). He is a contributor to The New York Times, The New York Times en español, and El País.