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 LAIS Program, the Center for Middle East Studies, and the History Department, are pleased to invite you to a book talk and conversation with historian and author Nadim Bawalsa (Associate Editor, Journal
A Conversation with Baltazar de la Cruz Rodríguez: An Analysis of the National Situation in Guatemala
LAIS and the Central American Studies Working Group are happy to invite you to the conversation with Baltazar de la Cruz Rodríguez, a Maya Ixil ancestral authority of Cotzal, Guatemala.
Dr. Giovanni Batz, an Assistant Professor in the Chicano/a Studies department, recently joined the LAIS Program as an affiliated faculty member. He specializes in Maya social movements and resistance, extractivist
Jennifer Valenzuela joined the LAIS Master’s Program in Fall 2023. In this interview she shared her motivations to study Latin America, her research interests, and the role her family played