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Latino studies


Latino studies

Latina/o studies is an academic discipline which studies the experience of people of Hispanic ancestry in the United States. Closely related to other ethnic studies disciplines such as African American studies, Asian American studies, and Native American studies, Latino studies critically examines the history, culture, politics, issues, and experiences of Hispanic people. Drawing from numerous disciplines such as sociology, history, literature, political science, religious studies and gender studies, Latino studies scholars consider a variety of perspectives and employ diverse analytical tools in their work.


  • History 1
  • Notable Scholars 2
  • Major Programs/Departments 3
  • See also 4
  • Books on Latino Studies 5
  • External links 6


Notable Scholars

  • Gloria E. Anzaldúa, 1942-2004. Chicana Studies scholar, writer, and activist.
  • Frances Aparicio, Professor of Latina/Latino Studies at Northwestern University.
  • Juan Bruce-Novoa, 1944-2010. Formerly Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Irvine.
  • Arlene Davila, Professor of Anthropology and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University.
  • Juan Flores, Professor of Africana and Puerto Rican–Latino Studies at CUNY (City University of New York) Hunter College, and Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Former director of CUNY’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies.
  • Suzanne Oboler, Professor of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College. Founding Editor of the journal, Latino Studies.
  • Américo Paredes, 1915-1999. Formerly Dickson, Allen, and Anderson Centennial Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Gustavo Perez Firmat, David Feinson Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.
  • José David Saldívar, Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University.
  • Silvio Torres-Saillant, Professor of English at Syracuse University, Founder of the Dominican Studies Institute, City College, City University of New York (CUNY).
  • Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College.
  • Luz Maria Umpierre,1947-. Puerto Rican Studies scholar, writer, and advocate.

Enrique Zone Andrews, Professor of Ministry and Hispanic Protestant Leadership at Azusa acific Graduate School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University.

Major Programs/Departments

  • Department of Chicano Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, founded in 1969.
  • Chicano Studies Institute at UC Santa Barbara, founded in 1969.
  • Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA, founded in 1969.
  • Department of La Raza Studies at San Francisco State University, established in 1969.
  • Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, founded in 1970.
  • Department of Chicano/a Studies at University of Texas, El Paso, founded in 1970.
  • Centro De Estudios Puertoriqueños at CUNY Hunter College, established in 1973.
  • Latino Studies Program at Indiana University, Bloomington, established in 1976.
  • Latina/Latino Studies Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, founded in 1984.
  • Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY, established in 1984.
  • Latino Studies Program at Cornell University, founded in 1987.
  • Center for Latino Policy Research at UC Berkeley, founded 1988.
  • Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University, founded in 1989.
  • Chicano/Latino Research Center at UC Santa Cruz, created in 1990.
  • Cuban Research Institute at Florida International university, founded in 1991.
  • Dominican Studies Institute at CUNY City College, established in 1994.
  • El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, established in 1994.
  • Department of Latina/Latino Studies at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, founded in 1996.
  • Center for Latino Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution, founded in 1998.
  • Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, created in 1999.
  • The Pew Hispanic Center established in 2001.
  • Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
  • Chicano/Latino Studies PhD Program Michigan State University, established in 2007.
  • Latina/o Studies Program at Northwestern University, founded in 2008.
  • Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University, founded in 2010.
  • Latino/Latina/Latin American Studies Concentration at Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Latino/a Studies Program at Williams College.
  • New England Consortium of Latina/o Studies
  • Department of Chicano/Latino Studies at University of California, Irvine.

See also

Books on Latino Studies

  • Allatson, Paul. Latino Dreams: Transcultural Traffic and the U.S. National Imaginary, Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi Press, 2002.
  • Allatson, Paul. Key Terms in Latino/a Cultural and Literary Studies, Malden, MA and Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2007.
  • Aparicio, Frances. Listening to Salsa: Gender, Latin Popular Music, and Puerto Rican Cultures CT: Wesleyan, 1998.
  • Chávez Candelaria, Cordelia, et al., eds. Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture, 2 vols. Westport, CT, and London: Greenwood Press, 2004.
  • Dalleo, Raphael, and Elena Machado Sáez. The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • Caminero-Santangelo, Marta. On Latinidad: U.S. Latino Literature and the Construction of Ethnicity. FL: University Press of Florida, 2007.
  • Davila, Arlene. Latinos, Inc.: The Marketing and Making of a People, Berkeley CA: University of California Press, 2001.
  • Flores, Juan.From Bomba to Hip-Hop, NY: Columbia University Press, 2000.
  • Flores, Juan, and Renato Rosaldo, ed. A Companion to Latina/o Studies, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2007.
  • Gonzalez, Juan. Harvest of Empire : A History of Latinos in America, NY: Penguin, 2000.
  • Negron-Muntaner, Frances. Boricua Pop. New York: NYU Press, 2004.
  • Oboler, Suzanne. Ethnic Labels, Latino Lives: Identity and the Politics of (Re)Presentation in the United States. MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1995.
  • Oboler, Suzanne, and Deena J. González, eds. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Perez-Firmat, Gustavo. Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way. TX: University of Texas Press, 1994.
  • Stavans, Ilan. The Hispanic Condition: The Power of a People. NY: Harper Perennial, 1995.
  • Suarez-Orozco, Marcelo, and Mariela Páez. Latinos: Remaking America. CA: University of California Press, 2002.

External links

  • Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies
  • Latino Studies Journal Published by Palgrave Macmillan
  • National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • PRSA: Puerto Rican Studies Association
  • Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association
  • Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States
  • Latin American Studies Published by Dr. Antonio Rafael de la Cova
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