• Office Hours:

    MW 9:00 am-10:00 am
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor
  • Department:

    • Ethnic Studies
  • Education:

    • B.A. University of Puerto Rico, M.A. University of Florida, Ph.D. University of Florida


RESEARCH: Race and ethnicity in Latin America and the Caribbean, transnational politics, Latinx politics, Latinos in Colorado, environmental justice movements.

TEACHING: ETST 540 Race in Latin America, ETST 531 Latinx Politics in the U.S., ETST 503 Contemporary Ethnic Studies Issues, ETST 371 The Modern Caribbean, ETST 370 Caribbean Identities, ETST 261 Latinx Populations in the U.S., ETST 100 Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Dr. Ernesto Sagás is Professor of Ethnic Studies at Colorado State University. He has a Ph.D. in political science from University of Florida with a concentration in Latin American studies. Dr. Sagás is the author of Race and Politics in the Dominican Republic, and co-editor of The Dominican People: A Documentary History, and Dominican Migration: Transnational Perspectives. Currently, he is completing a book on political transnationalism and overseas voting among Dominican immigrants in the United States. Dr. Sagás has led alternative spring break student trips to Ecuador to explore issues of social and environmental justice in the Andes and the Amazon, to Tucson to look at immigration and border issues, and to Cuba to examine human and environmental sustainability in the island. He is also a political analyst for Univisión Colorado, commenting on issues ranging from U.S. domestic politics and elections to foreign affairs, and he has been interviewed by local, national, and international media outlets in both English and Spanish.


Selected Publications:


Sagás, E., & Molina, S.E. (2004). Dominican Migration: Transnational Perspectives. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 284.

Sagás, E., & Inoa, O. (2003). The Dominican People: A Documentary History. Princeton, N.J.: Markus Wiener Publishers, 278.

Sagás, E. (2000). Race and Politics in the Dominican Republic. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 160.


Refereed Journal Articles

Román, E., and E. Sagás (2019). Trump and Regional Xenophobia: The United States and the Dominican Republic. Rutgers Law Record, 46, 103-124.

Kim, J., E. Sagás, and K. Céspedes (2018). Genderacing Immigrant Subjects: ‘Anchor Babies’ and the Politics of Birthright Citizenship. Social Identities, 24(3), 312-326.

Román E., and E. Sagás (2017). Birthright Citizenship Under Attack: How Dominican Nationality Laws May Be the Future of U.S. Exclusion. American University Law Review, 66, 1383-1431.

Sagás, E., and E. Román (2017). Who Belongs? Citizenship and Statelessness in the Dominican Republic. Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives, 9, 35-56.

Sagás, E. (2014). Defending Pachamama: the rights of nature in Ecuador. Border-Lines, 8, 143-161.

Sagás, E. (2012a). Black—But Not Haitian: Color, Class, and Ethnicity in the Dominican Republic. In Comparative Perspectives on Afro‑Latin America, ed. Kwame Dixon and John Burdick. Gainesville, Fla.: University Press of Florida.

Sagás, E. (2012b). Environmental justice in Chile: the price of success. Latin American Essays, 25, 5-19.

Sagás, E. (2012c). Race-ing Arizona: Latino immigration, SB 1070, and the new American Nativism. Border-Lines, 6, 92-111.