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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



The Department is delighted and proud to announce that our very own, Prof. Vassallo-Oby, was chosen to receive the college’s award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching selected from among a pool of faculty with exceptional teaching records.

Consistently, her students use the words “passionate” “enthusiastic” “amazing” and “fantastic” to describe Professor Vassallo-Oby.

Please join us in warmly congratulating our colleague for her notable achievements in teaching.



The faculty and students of the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies congratulates Associated Faculty Member, Dr. Jeanette Altarriba on her appointment as Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.












CONGRATULATIONS Karen Ferrer-Muñiz (LACS PhD candidate) and Meylin Andares (LACS alumna) 2019 HLI Fellows

2019 HLI Fellows


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PHONE: 518-442-4890

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