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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.


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CAS EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD 2017

CHRISTINE VASSALO-OBY, PH.D.

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.

No words express this sentiment better than what some of her students shared in their evaluations of her courses.


  • “The greatest professor on this campus. Her teaching style is amazing. Extremely engaging”
  • “Incredibly interesting and engaging class, one of the best I have ever taken at either school I attended.”
  • “She is a phenomenal teacher. I admire her ability to transform the class into a safe place where students are appreciated.”

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.

Congratulations Jacqueline M. Hayes, PHD

Dissertation title: "Fighting for Protections: Challenging the 21st Century Sweatshop in New York State."

LACS WELCOME NEW FACULTY MEMBER PROF. ALEJANDRA BRONFMAN

Learn more about Professor Bronfman

LACS MA Student, Melinda Escobar with Juan González!
González is an award-winning broadcast journalist and investigative reporter. A two-time winner of the George Polk Award, he is co-host of Democracy Now!, author of "Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America," and a founder of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He spent 29 years as a columnist for the New York Daily News.

Congratulations Prof. Londoño!

Professor Johana Londoño Awarded Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship - 2017-2018

The Fellowships Office of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine administers this prestigious fellowship. Approximately 24 fellows, from a variety of fields in the physical sciences, humanities and social sciences, were chosen in the rigorous national competition. Fellows were required to demonstrate superior academic achievement, a promising career in teaching and research in an institution of higher education, and a commitment to using diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Among our current core faculty members in the LACS department, Londoño is the second to receive this award.

While on fellowship, Prof. Londoño will be a visiting scholar at Columbia University where she will complete her book manuscript Abstract Barrios: The Crises of Latinx Visibility in Cities.

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