Carlos Rivera-Santana is a Lecturer at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at The University of Queensland.

He was born in the U.S. (NY) and raised in Puerto Rico. He has Caribbean-Puerto Rican heritage, which includes Indigenous Arawak-Tainú, African with links to the Yoruba nations and Spanish.

Carlos has worked from a coloniality/decoloniality perspective on theoretical and practical issues regarding colonisation in Australia, the Caribbean (Puerto Rico mainly), the U.S. and Latin America. He has a bachelor's and a master's in Psychology and Social/Community Psychology respectively, and completed a PhD in Ethnic and Postcolonial Studies.

He is very passionate about teaching and tries to continually innovate using multimedia in classrooms contexts to priviledge Indigenous Australian and International Indigenous voices and perspectives.

His research areas and interests include: Colonisation and Coloniality/Decoloniality studies; International Indigenous Perspectives; Indigenous Knowledges; Critical Social and Community Psychology; Critical Methodologies; Qualitative Inquiry; Mental Health; Foucauldian studies; Critical Caribbean Thought; Indigenous Studies; Critical Race studies; Critical History; Psychoanalytic theory.