News & Events


Marlene Torres Magana has been awarded a Graduate Opportunity Fellowship to support her research project, Historietas, Nationalismo Mexicano, y Cultura: The Construction and Promotion of a Mexican National Identity during the Twentieth Century. 

The recordings of Professor Melissa Wright's and Kai Mederios' Key Note Lectures at the 2nd LAIS International Graduate Student Conference are available.

Former LAIS director Víctor Fuentes (Spanish and Portuguese) discussed the origins of LAIS at UCSB and the impact the program has had for students and the entire campus. 


LAIS undergraduate major, Lee Leal-Ramirez, join us to talk about what motivates her to study Latin America and her work with Neogranadina.

LAIS alumni Jorge Gonzalez (2012) shares his experiences in the LAIS graduate program and how his studies influence his work in activism. 

Iryna Zdanovich, LAIS Financial and academic Manager, joined us to talk about her work with LAIS faculty and students. 

Read our interview with Jennifer Amador, a second year LAIS Masters student. 

Congratulations to Professor William Robinson (Sociology) on the publication of his new book, The Global Police State (Pluto Press, 2020).

Professor Carlos Morton’s (Theater and Dance) new radionovela, Frontera Sin Fin, is playing on the radio in Honduras!

Professor Eloi Grasset has published a new book,  La Trama Mortal: Pere Gimferrer y la política de la literatura (1962-1985) (Editorial Renacimiento, 2020).

Dr. Miroslava Chavez-Garcia has been awarded a UCHRI grant to fund the California Eugenics Legacies Project which takes a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to understand the continuing impact of eugenics on Latinx people in California. 

Professor Alicia Boswell (History of Art and Architecture) has been awarded the Hellman Family Fellowship grant to fund her fieldwork project “Regalia in the Ancient Moche World & Initial Survey of Archaeological Sites in Piura, Peru”. 

Professors San Juanita Garcia (Chican@ Studies) and Erika Arenas Velazquez (Sociology), and Dr. Emiko Saldivar (Lecturer and Associate Project Scientist, Anthropology) have been awarded the 2021 UCSB Migration Initiative Grant to support their project, “UndocuAging in Times of COVID-19: Stress, Mental Health, and Resistant Strategies among Community Organizers & Older Mexican Undocumented Migrants”.

Marisol Ramos has received a grant from the Librarians Association of the University of California to support her work translating Gazing at the Puerto Rican Anthropological Landscape: The Native’s Look Far and Wide.  

Professor G. Reginald Daniel’s book, Machado de Assis: Multiracial Identity and the Brazilian Novelist (2012), featured in the New York Review of Books as part of an article on the Brazilian writer Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis.

In Popular Archaeology Dr. Ford and colleagues talk about their work revealing the complexity of the ancient Maya settlement at El Pilar. 

The LAIS February 2021 Tertulia, Race and Caste in Latin America, India, and the USA: A Global Conversation, is featured in Humanities and Fine Arts news!

The recording of the December 2020 Tertulia, Social Movements, Identity, and Resistance in Contemporary Nicaragua, is available now. And, this powerful tertulia was featured in the Humanities and Fine Arts News. 

LAIS affilaited faculty Dr. Jaime Alves (Black Studies) joined us to talk about his current project and how his work shines light on Latin American and Iberian studies. 

Ms. Flores is the Student Service Manager of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs for the Phelps Administrative Support Center. 

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Professor Juan Cobo Betancourt (History and LAIS Program Vice Director) interviewed by the Ecuadorian radio  Radio Voz Andina Internacional of the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar about  his work digitizing historical documents in and non profit Fundación Neogranadina

Catch up on LAIS events and affilaites' activities from 2020!

The recording of the November 2020 tertulia, Bolivia y Chile Hoy: ¿Democracia Reivindicada?, is now available. 

We are pleased to announce our inaugural Latin American and Iberian Studies Undergraduate Essay Competition! 

Words from Cecilia Méndez (LAIS Director) about last year and our plans for the 2020-2021 year!


LAIS is happy to announce The Burdick Global Scholars Fellowship, which will award a $50,000 maximum and course relief to UCSB faculty, to support research partnerships between UCSB scholars and their counterparts in other parts of the world.

  1. August 1, 2021 - 5:00pm
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LAIS is proud to present its last tertulia of the year with the participation of professors, students, and activists from Colombia.

  1. June 3, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
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Join the 2021 Latin American and Iberian Studies End-of-Year Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements and hard work of LAIS majors, minors and graduate students, faculty and staff. 
  1. May 28, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:00pm
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Learn about career paths in and beyond academia from LAIS MA alumni. 

  1. April 29, 2021 - 10:00am to 5:30pm
  2. April 30, 2021 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
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Join us to hear from LAIS Master’s alumni about their career paths in and beyond academia, and to (re)connect with LAIS alumni, students, and faculty.

  1. April 29, 2021 - 10:00am to 5:30pm
  2. April 30, 2021 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
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LAIS is pleased to co-sponsor the Art History Graduate Student Association's 45th annual symposium!

  1. April 23, 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

This academic conference aims to bring together graduate students from across the world for a discussion on Borders, power and transgression in Latin America and the Iberian World. For more information and to register go here:

  1. April 7, 2021 - 12:00pm to April 9, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Register via email by March 19, 2021, for this colloquium co-sponsored by LAIS!

  1. March 21, 2021 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
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Join this LAIS co-sponsored event to hear from Nicolas Cuello (National University of La Plata, Argentina)!

  1. March 11, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Winter 2021 virtual visit to UC Santa Barbara for students accepted into the LAIS MA program.

Zoom link for the main events:

Zoom link for the graduate lunch:


  1. March 8, 2021 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
A global discussion of Caste: The origins of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson, with Cecilia Méndez, Utathya Chattopadhyaya, and Terrance Wooten.
  1. February 2, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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