Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies - LACS


¡Bienvenidos – Welcome – Bem vindo – Bienvenue – Byenveni!

The  Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies (LACS) prides itself on promoting excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service focused on the countries that comprise a large portion of the Americas, and on the (im)migrant populations from these countries living in the United States.

Our programs reflect an interdisciplinary approach in the training of students. However, students also have the flexibility to pursue specific disciplinary interests in the social sciences, the humanities, or professional areas. Moreover, they can easily combine their culture and language interests and skills with a commitment to issues of diversity, civil and human rights, and social justice.

LACS is among the first programs in the country to integrate area and ethnic studies into the curriculum of the department's various undergraduate and graduate academic programs.  Understanding issues of race, ethnic, gender, and class diversity are also central to the curriculum and to the research endeavors of our faculty. If you are interested in learning about some of the major global challenges of the twenty-first century, about the multicultural character of U.S. society, and about the increased interdependence among the countries of the hemisphere, you have come to the right place.

New Course Announcements

Urban Latin America - ALCS 403 (9600)
Professor Gabriel Hetland
Tuesday/Thursday 5:45-7:05PM
Humanities 108
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Development Debates and Issues in Latin America - ALCS 599 (10198)
Professor Ruth Felder
Wednesdays 4:15-7:05PM
PC 0263
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Faculty News

  • We are proud to announce that twelve members of the LACS community will participate in next year’s Latin American Studies Association International Conference. Read More

  • On October 16th, 2015 Professor and Chair Pedro Cabán was one of the distinguished participants in the symposium “One-Hundred Years of the Jones Act & Puerto Rican U.S. Citizenship”, examining the history and legacy of the naturalization of Puerto Ricans as United States citizens.

  • Professor Patricia Pinho has recently published in the French journal Les Carnets du Lahic.

    Available online here.

  • Professor Patricia Pinho was one of the speakers in the fall lecture series “Beyond Baianidade” at Tulane University where she presented “African American Roots Tourism in Brazil: Encounters in Sameness, Difference, Solidarity, and Inequality”

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 17 12:30-2:00pm Humanities 354
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