Welcome to Latin American and Iberian Studies

Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara examines the people and cultures of Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries throughout the world. Such study encompasses not only Spain, Portugal, and Latin America, but also Angola, Mozambique, the Philippines, Macao, and the Chicano and Puerto Rican populations in the U.S. However, most students center their studies on Latin America.

Latin American and Iberian Studies examines the whole culture or civilization, not only throughout the humanities and fine arts, but also throughout the social sciences and history. This allows students to explore a variety of topics - in addition to Spanish and Portuguese language and literature - such as Latin American anthropology, the history of Spain and Portugal, and the political life of Latino communities.



The College of Letters and Sciences, along with the Institute for Social Behavioral and Economic Research, at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for an Academic Coordinator I position.

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Our first International Graduate Student Conference, held in May of 2018, has recently been featured in the Humanities and Fine Arts Division website. 

Upcoming Events

The Program in Latin American and Iberian Studies Co-sponsors:

Antonio Machado en el siglo XXI: Nueva trilla de poesía, pensamiento y persona* and of the co-edited volume *A New History of Iberian Feminisms* by Silvia Bermúdez and Roberta Johnson

  1. January 22, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

LAIS launches Tertulia, a new forum for conversation, sharing, and debate. Our first guest is Dr...

  1. January 29, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Lecture by Dr. Javier Puente (Instituto de Historia of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).


  1. January 30, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm