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Latin American History

Graduate Study in Latin American History

About the Program

The Latin American history graduate program offers its students training in a wide range of historical themes with recognized leaders in the region's scholarship. Our research interests cover politics, culture, gender, race and ethnicity, migration, social movements, environment, indigenous peoples, and economics. Chronologically, we span from the early colonial period to recent years.

Core courses in the Latin America program include two colloquia, one each in colonial and modern Latin America, and a one-semester research seminar. These courses provide the basic skills for regional specialization. The small size of the program allows students to develop scholarly interests through intense individual interaction with faculty. The University's Center for Latin American Studies coordinates a program to bring together students interested in Latin America across all disciplines. In addition, students integrate with the wide spectrum of comparative, global, other regional and thematic capabilities in the Department.

Our program has trained scholars who have gone on to successful careers in research and teaching institutions.

Graduate Faculty

Kim D. Butler (Africana Studies)
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins
African diaspora; Brazil; politics of identity

Aldo Lauria Santiago (Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies)
Ph.D., Chicago
El Salvador; Mexico; Gautemala; Caribbean; US Puerto Ricans and Latinos

Kathleen Lopez (Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies)
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Michigan
Latin American and Caribbean History; Asians in Latin America and the Caribbean; Race and ethnicity in the Americas; Diaspora and international migration

Camilla Townsend

Ph.D.,  Rutgers
Indigenous Americans; colonial Latin America; Nahuatl

Gail Triner

Ph.D., Columbia
Brazil; economic history; environmental history; comparative

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