Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Program & Minor

Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies is an interdisciplinary program bringing together scholars in the arts, humanities, social and environmental sciences who wish to understand Latin America as a major world region that continues to contribute unique and original understandings to the global community. By Latin America, we include South America, the Caribbean and North America. We are particularly focused on Latin American peoples, including those residents in the contemporary United States. Latin American Studies scholars celebrate diversity, recognizing the signal contributions of indigenous (first) peoples, African diaspora, European immigrants, women and other diverse communities. As such, Latin American scholars have developed such important intellectual contributions as dependency theory, magical realism, and critiques of 'ecological neocolonialism' among others.

Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies embraces the many missions of the University of Kentucky. We work to provide undergraduate education, study abroad opportunities, graduate and faculty scholarship and enrichment, and to engage the broader Latino community of Kentucky in accordance with the University's 'Land Grant' mission to enrich the lives of all Kentuckians.


Students interested in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies may contact the program directors for additional information: 

Dr. Monica Diaz

1159 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40506-0024
Phone: 859-257-5756



Degree Programs

Graduate Studies

Teaching Assistant Position

The Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies Program calls for applications by Graduate Students of the University of Kentucky for a Teaching Assistant for the program. The successful candidate will teach LAS 201 Introduction to Latin America in the fall of 2014 and the Spring of 2015 and will support the events and other activities of the program. The application should consist of the following:
-Application letter explaining the candidate’s aims and preparedness for the position.
-A letter of recommendation from the dissertation advisor.
-An unofficial transcript.
The deadline for applications is April 15, 2014. Please, send applications to Liliana Drucker, department of Modern and Classical Languages, 1055 Patterson Office Tower. Or by e-mail to  Hard copies of the applications are strongly preferred.
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