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

While the dominant discourse of globalization emphasizes a borderless and more...

  1. February 22, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:30pm
  2. February 23, 2019 - 8:30am to 7:00pm

A Roundtable with the Participation of


Kathleen Bruhn (Political Science, UCSB) • Evelyne Laurent-Perrault (History, UCSB) •

 Juan Pablo Lupi (Spanish and Portuguese, UCSB) Andreína Soto Segura (History, UCSB)


TUESDAY FEBRUARY 26 - 12:00PM -1:30PM -  HSSB 3041

  1. February 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Media reports on cultural heritage issues focus primarily on the destruction of ancient...

  1. March 6, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm