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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.


Election 2016: Statement of Concern and Solidarity


Department News

Congratulations Prof. Londoño!

Assistant Professor, Johana Londoño, Ph.D., has received a prestigious grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts for her book publication, “Abstract Barrios: The Crises of Latina/o Visibility in Cities” (Duke University Press, 2019).

Out of 600 proposals submitted world-wide, 74 projects were selected to receive awards totaling more than half a million dollars distributed among them.

CAS EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD 2017

CHRISTINE VASSALLO-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.

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 LACS HONOR STUDENTS

Please join LACS in congratulating the inaugural LACS Department Honor’s students, Katie Grasso, Ernesto Porcari, and Erik Villalobos, upon their successful completion of their projects and graduation in May 2018. You can read each of their Honor’s Theses on the University at Albany Scholar’s Archive webpage, found here: https://scholarsarchive.library.albany.

edu/lacs_honors/.

Their important interdisciplinary research projects give greater understanding to complex topics such as the Guatemalan education system, NAFTA, and U.S. intervention in El Salvador and Latinx resistance in the United States. Congratulations again to our inaugural LACS Department Honor’s students!

 

BOOK RELEASE

Prof. Barbara Sutton

 

CONGRATULATIONS Kate Paarlberg-Kvam - LACS PhD Class 2016

2018 KROC INSTITUTE Visiting Research Fellow

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