Ours is a unique multi-disciplinary program that compares and combines the study of Latin America and Latino communities in the United States.

Word from the Director

As the new Director of our Latin American and Latino Studies Program I offer a warm welcome to all visitors. We invite you to look around and learn more about our students, faculty and alumni, as well as our program’s mission, scholarship, curriculum and community involvement. Our main objective in this Program is to provide students a unique, in-depth and interdisciplinary education that combines the study of Latin America and Latino communities. Students work directly with faculty who engage in research that studies pressing cultural, social, economic and political issues and processes that shape and are shaped by the lives Latin Americans and Latin@s and the US.

Our faculty’s research interests are broad, ranging from the representation of nation, race, gender and labor in film, colonial political discourse and social resistance, social structures and religious rituals among the Maya, and rural development and ecology in Mexico, to Latina reproductive rights, youth activism, transnational Cuban migration, globalization and labor strategies of women in Brazil, Mexican hometown associations, and local, national and global immigrant rights struggles. Our curriculum brings together scholarship from the humanities and social sciences to provide students with a broad exposure to cutting-edge questions of race, nationality, gender, migration, social movements, civic engagement, globalization, precarity and inequality.

I would like to thank former director Nena Torres for her arduous work in developing LALS in new directions. Among her initiatives are the creation and implementation of our Master’s Program (now in its third year); the spearheading of our graduate internship program; the affiliation with the Inter-University Program for Latino Research and the subsequent Siglo XXI Conference at UIC; and the support and sponsorship of a wide and rich range of programs, research initiatives and events in transnational, music, migration, civic engagement, and human rights among others.

In the years ahead I hope to help our program expand opportunities for students through new initiatives. These include creating a LALS study-abroad summer program in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico; developing a scholarship fund to help fund tuition, books, study abroad, and research-related travel; and working with other campus  units to help UIC become a Hispanic-serving institution and apply for federal development grants. We also plan to reconnect with LALS alumni and host our 40th anniversary event next year, strengthening connections among faculty, students, alumni and friends of LALS. Additionally, we are conducting an extensive curriculum revision and recruiting more majors.  Finally, we have initiated two programming initiatives: graduate student brown bag lectures, and Spring semester themes. In Spring 2014 our theme will be precarity. Throughout the term we will explore the connections between precarity and labor, migration, gender and sexuality, and environmental issues.

-Amalia Pallares, Director

News, Announcements, and Events


The University of Illinois at Chicago
Latin American and Latino Studies Program invites you to their Master of Arts Program in Latin American and Latino Studies


Call for Applications for the Master of Arts in Latin American and Latino Studies:

The program of Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is accepting student applications for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Latin American and Latino Studies. Applicants are encouraged to apply before January 15, 2014 for full funding consideration. The admissions committee will continue reviewing applications until the final deadline of May 15, 2014.

The degree offers an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of Latin American societies and Latinos in the United States. It encourages an approach that ranges across the social sciences, humanities, literature and the arts, cultural studies and history. The M.A. will train students to reflect on and engage with social issues of contemporary importance in the study of Latin American and Latino populations such as globalization, colonialism, post colonialism, transnational immigration, development, and equality as well as questions related to identity and membership, including race, culture, nationality, and gender. In addition, the program will train students to become competent in research and policy writing relevant to Latin American and Latino populations and will offer a unique community-based research experience*. Thus the main goal of the M.A. is that the students learn a series of specialized skills that place them on a solid career path, both in academic and non-academic settings.

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UIC’s Institute for the Humanities and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program


Immigration Working Group Present:

Amnesty in Immigration: Forgiving, Forgetting, Freedom 
a workshop by Linda S. Bosniak, Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Institute for the Humanities
Stevenson Hall / Lower Level
701 S. Morgan 

Professor Bosniak will be discussing a recent paper titled “Amnesty in Immigration: Forgiving, Forgetting, Freedom,” Critical Review of International Journal of Social and Political Philosophy (2013), which deals with the concept of “amnesty” in the immigration setting and beyond. She will be reworking this material as part of her developing book project on claims based on place.


Please RSVP to
For more information contact 312-996-2445 
Link for Professor's Bosniak paper:

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The UIC Latin America and Latino Studies Department and the UIC Institute for the Humanities are delighted to present:

Nadya Araujo Guimarães, University of San Paulo
Lecture:  “Improving employment protection by means of precarious labor relations?  Exploring a Brazilian paradox"
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Location:  Room 1501 UH from 3:30-5:30 PM
Cosponsor: Latino Cultural Center

Abstract: The rise of emerging markets challenges expectations on employment prospects usually shaped by scholarship produced in the developed countries. Brazil is an intriguing case on this subject since the expansion of formally protected job contracts has been occurring amidst a generalized (international) shortage of occupational opportunities. Besides, it correlates with an increasing commodification on job search and recruitment mechanisms, which echoes the recent reconfigurations of job opportunities mainly for youngest and better-educated workers, crucial protagonists on recent urban unrests in Brazil.  One main question will guide the presentation: what is new on labor flexibility when it takes place in an already flexible, scarcely protected and highly unequal labor market like Brazil? 

All Precarity events are free and open to the public.  Please check weblistings for locations and cosponsorship of specific events.  


We look forward to seeing you at some or all of these events.  For additional information, contact huminst@uic.edu312-996-6352, or see   Precarity series listing and abstracts.

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UIC´s Institute for the Humanities and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program

Working Group on Immigration Presents

Immigration: Politics, Law and Culture in a Global World

The Working Group on Immigration will host a series of workshops for graduate students and faculty that seek to understand immigration and transnationalism at the intersection of politics, law and culture. We will be exploring the impact of globalization on immigration in relation to broader notions of cohabitation, [re]distribution of resources, recognition, shared precariousness, changing roles of nation/states and citizenship. Additionally, we examine questions regarding the ways in which immigration is framed as a problem that disrupts the social cohesion and identity of the host and home community/country, as well as the ways in which immigration revitalizes and transforms the economy, politics and culture of the host/home community. These workshops are aimed at bringing together faculty and graduate students to read and discuss scholarly works on immigration.

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