¡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.

Department News



Cory Fischer-Hoffman
“Prisons and Power: Carceral Coloniality in Hybrid Post-Neoliberal Venezuela”


Jamielynn Varriale
“Para Liberar Nuestras Fronteras: performing migrant identities, community, diy ethics, and Spanish-language hard-core punk with Los Crudos? (March 2016)

Rafael C. Gomez
“To the Sound of the Bambús: African-Atlantic Religions in the Dominican Republic (A Historiography of Memory and Practice)” (November 2015)


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



Christine Preble, LACS Class of 2008 WELCOME TO LACS! Read More

Embracing Our Diversity

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1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

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