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Dom Adams-Santos

Managing Director, Center for Racial Justice; Associate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer; Special Assistant to the Associate Dean, Ford School; Anti-Racism Collaborative Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Institutional Diversity

Dom Adams-Santos is the managing director of the Center for Racial Justice at the Ford School and an Anti-Racism Collaborative Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Center for Institutional Diversity. Additionally, she serves as special assistant to the associate dean for academic affairs. Dr. Adams-Santos is a qualitative researcher who centers questions of sexuality, intimacy, and belonging in the digital era. Specifically, she seeks to understand how individuals navigate the racial, gender, and sexual politics of digital and urban landscapes in their search for intimacy and community. She has published articles on digital sexuality and intimacy in Sexualities and Sociology Compass. As a queer woman of color scholar, Dr. Adams-Santos is especially invested in mapping the contours of urban and digital placemaking among racialized and gendered sexual minorities, the subject of her dissertation project. She earned her PhD in sociology with a certificate in gender and sexuality studies from Northwestern University.


Dr. Adams-Santos will be co-teaching Racial Foundations of Public Policy in Fall 2022. Racial Foundations of Public Policy is a virtual speaker series that focuses on the historical roots and impact of race in shaping public policy as both a disciplinary field and as a course of action. The series will bring in renowned scholar-experts from across the country to be in conversation with the director of the Center for Racial Justice at the Ford School of Public Policy, Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes. The series is open to all members of the University of Michigan community and the wider public. A companion course will be offered in partnership with the Center for Racial Justice and will be led by the center’s director and associate director, Dr. Watkins-Hayes and Dr. Adams-Santos.

Educational background

  • PhD in sociology, Northwestern University
  •  BA in sociology, cum laude, Smith College