Beyond exploring the history of the region's colonial and modern periods, our research and courses engage on-going changes to its political, social, cultural and economic landscapes. These are informed by the politics of gender, race, ethnicity, indigenous movements, African diaspora, empire, colonialism, migration, transnational community formation, and human rights; as well as social movements; the histories of science and law; and political and economic empowerment of Latino communities in the United States. Our goal is to provide broad comprehensive training in these fields. Our students are offered a choice of regional and topical classes in colonial, early national, and twentieth century history.


Undergraduate Courses

HIST 180 – Latin American Civilizations

HIST 233W - History of Migration in Las Americas
HIST 266 - Black Experience in the Americas
HIST 275 - Latin America and the Great Powers
HIST 276 - Andean Societies
HIST 278 - History of Latino/as in the United States
HIST 280 - Mexico in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
HIST 281 - Latin America in the Colonial Period
HIST 282 - Latin America in the National Period
HIST 283 - The Hispanic World in the Ages of Reason and Revolution
HIST 284 - Latinos/as and Human Rights
HIST 285 - Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Spanish Caribbean
HIST 286 - Argentina and La Plata Region
HIST 249 - The History of American Foreign Relations
HIST 211 - Historians Craft
HIST 297W – History of Las Américas: Race, Migration, and Nation
HIST 297W – Human Rights in Greater Latin America
HIST 297W – Race in Latin America and the Caribbean
HIST 297W- Cuba from National and International Perspective
ANTH 305 - Human Rights in Democratizing Countries

ARTH 141 - Introduction to Latin American Art

ARTH 275W - Mexican and Chicano Art, 19th and 20th Centuries

ARTH 276W - Caribbean Art, 19th and 20th Centuries

ARTH 279W - Latin American Art, 20th Century
LAMS 220 – Introduction to Latin American Studies

LAMS 295 – The Aztecs
PRLS 210 – Contemporary Issues in Latino Studies

PRLS 232 – Latino/a Literature

SPAN 202 – ¿Los Estados Unidos?
SPAN 204 – Language and Culture of U.S. Hispanics
SPAN 336 – Colonial Spanish American Literature


Graduate Courses

HIST 346– The Making of the African Diaspora
What we now call the "African Diaspora" has long been conceptualized as a community of dispersed Africans and their descendants, beyond national boundaries; as much rooted in global as local processes. This course explores theoretical models and case studies that both engage and depart from geopolitical boundaries while also considering local and national histories. In part, students will study Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States from comparative perspective. Specifically, the course enables students to draw connections among communities of African-descended people in the Americas and to interrogate their varied relationships with Africa and others in the diaspora. Further, though historical in approach and training it encourages interdisciplinarity. It will use a variety of primary and secondary source materials including but not limited to historical monographs, primary documents, maps, oral interviews, novels, poetry, autobiography, music, and film. Themes and topics can take up any combination of cultural, social, political, scientific, or economic processes that use the experiences of the African-descended in the Americas as their primary interrogative.

HIST 354 - Empire, Nations, and Migration: History of Latino/as in the United States
The year 2000 census revealed that Latino/as are now the “majority minority” in the United States, for the first time in history surpassing the number of African Americans. The presence of over thirty-five million people of Latin American and Caribbean origins in the United States has profound implications for the political, economic, social, and cultural future of the country. This course explores the history of different Latino/a populations in the United States, beginning with the nineteenth century wars that brought large portions of Mexico under U.S. control, and tracing the major waves of migration from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America.

HIST 302c - Medicine and Colonialism

HIST 349 - History of 20th Century U.S. Foreign

HIST 381 - Topics in Latin American History

HIST 381a - Gender and Sexuality in Latin America and U.S. Latino/a Society
In addition to inhabiting increasingly unified spaces due to growing transnational migration, Latin American and U.S. Latino/a populations also share many historical traditions and experiences such as colonialism, miscegenation, and religion. Because of these and other similarities, these populations merit a detailed and comparative study. In this course we will explore one aspect of this shared history: the construction, destruction, and resistance of sexual subjects in U.S. Latino/a culture and Latin America. We will study this subject through a wide variety of sources, including ethnography, film, testimony, narrative fiction, and autobiography.

HIST 381b – Latin American Ethnohistory
This seminar focuses on topics in Latin American ethnohistory. Emphasis is placed on the problems faced by historians who have chosen to examine the history of people and groups whose culture, and usually language, is not that of the state or nation in which they live and to whose law and traditions they are subject. Most of the work that has been defined as ethnohistory has examined native American societies, although the history of other groups that can be described as social and cultural enclaves is also included in this literature.

HIST 382 - The Historical Literature of Latin America

HIST 382a - Human Rights in Latin America 
The course examines issues related to nation formation and claims of human rights in Latin America in the second part of the 20th century. It explores topics related to citizenship, war and terrorism and human rights, gender, socio-economic rights and indigenous claims. The course is conducted in seminar form. Each student will work on a research project that expands the breath of the themes discussed in class. The final requirement is a 15-page paper based on primary and secondary sources.

HIST 388 - Historical Development of the Caribbean

EDCI 322 – Language, Ideology, and Education

PRLS 300/EDCI 360 – Latinos and U.S. Education