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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

Congratulations Prof. Altarriba!

The Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies is delighted to announce that Dr. Jeanette Altarriba has been selected this year as a Collins Fellow.  

  "The Collins Fellowship award recognizes members of the University at Albany teaching faculty who have exhibited extraordinary devotion to this University and the people in it over a sustained period of time.  The award is unique to the University at Albany and intended to acknowledge the efforts of faculty who are exemplars of the highest levels of institutional commitment and service."

  Congratulations to Dr. Altarriba for this important recognition, and for her important contributions to the Department.


Prof. Maria Alejandra Aguilar Dornelles
LACS Participating Faculty and Assistant Professor of Hispanic and Italian Studies

LACS congratulates Prof. Aguilar Dornelles on being one of the winners of the first editions of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Ibero-American Prize for an Academic Article on the Nineteenth Century and the Ibero-American Prize for an Academic Book on the Nineteenth Century.

2017 Premio Iberoamericano de artículo académico del siglo XIX
María Aguilar Dornelles, "Heroismo y conciencia racial en la obra de la poeta afrocubana Cristina Ayala," Meridional Revista Chilena de Estudios Latinoamericanos, no. 7, Oct. 2016, pp. 179-202.


Prof. Londoñohas been elected to serve as a member of the LatinoJustice PRLDEF Lideres Board. Read More


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