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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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Pictures from Spring 2017 Commencement

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Congratulations Prof. Altarriba!

The Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies is delighted to announce that Dr. Jeanette Altarriba has been selected this year as a Collins Fellow.

“The Collins Fellowship award recognizes members of the University at Albany teaching faculty who have exhibited extraordinary devotion to this University and the people in it over a sustained period of time. The award is unique to the University at Albany and intended to acknowledge the efforts of faculty who are exemplars of the highest levels of institutional commitment and service.”

Congratulations to Dr. Altarriba for this important recognition, and for her important contributions to the Department.

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.

Prof. Maria Alejandra Aguilar Dornelles
LACS Participating Faculty and Assistant Professor of Hispanic and Italian Studies




Associate Professor, Neag School of Education
The University of Connecticut – Dept. of Educational Leadership
Storrs, CT

Jason Irizarry received his Ed.D from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Prior to returning to UConn (where he was Assistant Professor from 2006-12), he was Associate Professor of Education and Director of Urban Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is also Editor of Equity Excellence in Education .

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