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    Dawn Warram, LACS Ph.D. Candidate

    New Senior Program Coordinator of Dual-Degree programs at Tulane's A.B. Freeman Business School. She is responsible for the coordination of multiple Asian, Latin American and European educational programs with primary focus on Latin America.  In addition, she work closely with advising, registration and the admission of students in credit and non-credit programs and provide high level support to the operation of the Goldring Institute of International Business.


    Gabriel Hetland - Going on Democracy Now: Venezuelan Pres. Nicolás Maduro Targeted in 1st Assasination Attempt by Drone Against Head of State


    Two LACS students were accepted to present research projects for the Undergraduate Research Conference on April 29th.

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    Jamielynn Varriale
    “Para Liberar Nuestras Fronteras: performing migrant identities, community, diy ethics, and Spanish-language hard-core punk with Los Crudos?"" (March 2016)

    Rafael C. Gomez
    “To the Sound of the Bambús: African-Atlantic Religions in the Dominican Republic (A Historiography of Memory and Practice)” (November 2015)

  • Screen Filming and Q&A with filmmaker Jesse Freeston

    The Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies sponsored a free film screen and Q&A with filmmaker Jesse Freeston on Friday, October 9, 2015. Freeston’s documentary film, “Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley,” (2014) and the Q&A session greatly enhanced my lessons for ALCS100, “Cultures in Latin America” for the unit on “Independence and Revolutions.” Read More


    Doctoral Student Paves the way for Family in the Dominican Replubic

    When Lissette Acosta-Corniel and her mother first came to the U.S. in 1989, they cooked, cleaned and paid rent at a relative’s house to sleep on the living room sofa.

    Together they struggled to make a new life in the United States. She made a promise to her 10-year-old sister who remained in the Dominican Republic to pursue a college degree and make a better life than the poverty-stricken one she left behind. Read More


    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.


    UAlbany Graduate Driven to Find Solutions to the World’s Challenges

    This highly anticipated event was held on May 18, 2015, in appreciation of the excellent work that faculty and staff do throughout the year.

Faculty News


    Ethnic Identity and Politics

    Professor José Cruz has released a new book that reviewers are calling “thoughtful and provocative” in its portrayal of Puerto Rican political elites in New York City.

    Cruz, an associate professor of political science and Latino studies, joined the UAlbany faculty in 1994. His areas of expertise are American, Puerto Rican and Latino politics. Read More.


    Professor Patricia Pinho has recently published in the French journal Les Carnets du Lahic.

    Available online here.


    Professor Patricia Pinho was one of the speakers in the fall lecture series “Beyond Baianidade” at Tulane University where she presented “African American Roots Tourism in Brazil: Encounters in Sameness, Difference, Solidarity, and Inequality”


    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.


    The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Department welcomes two new faculty members.

    Professors Ruth Felder and Gabriel Hetland will join LACs faculty in the fall semester, 2015.