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.
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“Prisons and Power: Carceral Coloniality in Hybrid Post-Neoliberal Venezuela”
Dr. Franqui-Rivera obtained his M.A. from Temple University and his PhD (with distinction) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and specialized in the History of the Caribbean and Latin America. He has served as Research Associate at CENTRO – The Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College and as Adjunct Professor of Latino, Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College (both City University of New York). We are delighted to count him among our faculty and look forward to his work with LACS.
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