John Phillip SantosHonors College - Mentor (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
John Philip Santos serves as a University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies to the Honors College at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is the author of the acclaimed book, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation. Santos completed his newest book, The Farthest Home Is in an Empire of Fire in 2009. He has created an international forum for exploring mestizo cultural identify, or mestizaje at UTSA. His goal is to make UTSA a destination for a host of people worldwide–scholars, artists, writers and scientists who are exploring the theme of identity. He also has produced documentaries and news programs in 16 countries for CBS and PBS on culture, religion, politics and spirituality, and some of which have been nominated for Emmys. He has been awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize at Notre Dame, the Oxford Prize for Fiction and the Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He is a past member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Literature and a M.A. in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame.