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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.

Department News



Cory Fischer-Hoffman
has been awarded the Mellon Post Doctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities at Lehigh University.


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


Anyeline Mejia

Angie is a doctoral student in LACS has been awarded the Carson Carr assistantship award. Her research project focuses on the transnational links of solidarity that have been established between Dominicans and Haitians, both in the island of Hispaniola as well as in the United States, to mobilize against anti-Haitian discrimination in the Dominican Republic



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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