Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies - LACS


¡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.

Student News


    Tiffany Acevedo, Undergraduate Student Rep

    As a Latin American, Caribbean and U.S Latino Studies major, it is my pleasure to serve as this year's undergraduate representative for the department. The LACS department has introduced me to a wide variety of ideas and values that have helped me to understand the world we live in today.

    Currently, I am a junior class member with a minor in Homeland Security and CyberSecurity. Additionally, I serve as a member on Fuerza Latina, a student organization on campus. This year, it is my honor to serve as one of the coordinators for the annual 2016 National Latino Collegiate Conference.

    Future plans include pursuing a M.A. degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Global and Homeland Security.

    Gabe Sanchez, Graduate Student Rep

    Gabe is a PhD student in the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies. His dissertation research focuses on decolonial theory, indigenous cosmology, and struggles against extractive industries in Peru. His interests also include Haitian history and experiences since the 2010 earthquake, border politics, and Latino identity. Gabe is also an alumni of the LACS undergraduate program with a double major in LACS and Globalization studies.

Faculty News


    LACS assistant professor Gabriel Hetland has just published an article in the journal Work, Employment and Society on the promise and pitfalls of union-community alliances.

    The article examines a rare case in which a union and community-based worker center have overcome their differences and learned to work together. This has facilitated a series of successful organizing campaigns targeting low-income, primarily immigrant and Latino workers in New York City's retail sector. Theoretically the article speaks to debates about union revitalization, community-labor relations, the state and the relationship between neoliberal economic reform and the emergence of "social movement unionism".


    LACS welcomes the return of Dr. Johana Londoño.

    While on leave for the year 2014-15, Londoño was a inaugural Princeton-Mellon Fellow in Architecture, Urbanism, and Humanities. At Princeton she worked on her book manuscript, Abstract Barrios, presented on several aspects of her research, and organized a symposium. In Spring 2015 she was also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Princeton University School of Architecture.

Department Events

Film Viewing
Octber 9, 2015 at 5pm in HU 354