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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.

Election 2016: Statement of Concern and Solidarity


Department News


Stanley De La Cruz - LACS BA Class of 2015

Has been selected to serve on the Search Committee to elect the next President of the University at Albany.


Prof. Londoñohas been elected to serve as a member of the LatinoJustice PRLDEF Lideres Board. Since its founding in 1972, The Puerto Rican Legal Defense Education Fund (PRLDEF) has advocated for the equitable treatment of Puerto Ricans and Latina/os in the Northeast of the United States and beyond. Now known as LatinoJustice, it is one of the most respected organizations protecting Latina/o civil rights in the nation. Read More



on her successful doctoral dissertation defense - “The Key to Peace is Ours – Women’s Peacebuilding In Twenty-First Century Colombia.” We look forward to her bright future! ¡Pá’lante Dra. Paarlberg-Kvam!



LACS’ Assistant Professor, Gabriel Hetland on his recent visit to Venezuela – “Is Venezuela descending into a nightmarish scenario, as mainstream media stories suggest? Read More
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Featured Faculty Publication

Londoño, Johana, and Erualdo Gonzalez. “The Changing Politics of Latino Consumption: Debates in Santa Ana’s Revitalization.” Race and Retail: Consumption Across the Color Line, August 2015, 176-99.

Embracing Our Diversity

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