News & Events


LAIS invites affiliated faculty, instructors, students and staff to propose Roundtable Tertulias in the time of COVID.

  1. Call for proposals

Read on to learn about what motivated Ms. Torres-Magana to study Latin America, her current research plans and more!

Read on to learn about what motivated Ms. Zamora to study Latin America, her current research plans and more!

Professor Miroslava Chavez-Garcia (History) was interviewed about the forced sterilizations of migrant women in detention in Georgia. 

LAIS Tertulia (March,2020), "Coronavirus and Historic Patterns of Epidemics in Latin America" with Dr. Marcos Cueto, featured by the Humanities and Fine Arts News at UC Santa Barbara

Congratulation to Professor Dwight Reynolds (Religious Studies) on his new book The Musical Heritage of al-Andalus (Routledge/Taylor & Francis) that deals with music in medieval Iberia from the Muslim conquest in 711 CE to the final expulsion of the Moriscos (Muslims converted voluntarily or involuntarily to Christianity) in 1609-14. 

Professor Melissa Morgan (Gevirtz Graduate School of Education) made Full Professor this year and became a Fellow of the American Psychological Association!


Professor Suzanne Levine (Spanish and Portuguese) interviewed in Southwest Review about becoming a protagonist in the story of Latin American literature in English translation and creating a mashup of autobiography and scholarship that’s totally original.

Congratulations to Professor Paul Amar (Director,  Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies) for receiving major Ford Foundation and Carnegie Corp grants. 
Congratulations to Professor Cristina Vengas (Film and Media Studies) who has received a UCSB Faculty Research Grant and an Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship for 2020-2021. Professor Vengas' also co-edited Digital Activism, Community Media and Sustainable Communication in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). 

Professor Evelyne Laurent-Perrault (History) publishes an essay that engages Vanessa K. Valdés’s Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg.

Marisol Ramos's (Subject Librarian for LAIS) project, the #RickyRenuncia Project, about last year's massive protests in Puerto Rico that forced the previous governor to resign, selected to be part of an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant.

  1. Grant
  • David Lopez-Carr

Professor David Lopez-Carr (Geography) and colleagues publish two articles exploring conservation and land use issues in Latin America. 

  • A photo of Anabel Ford

Congratulations to Dr. Anabel Ford and colleagues who have been awarded a five-year National Science Foundation grant for their project “Why Did the Late Classic Maya Live Where They Did? Settlement and Environmental Factors that Shaped Maya Civilization”

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  • Cecilia Méndez

LAIS Director Cecilia Méndez (History) featured in the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Web News for her article in Ojo Público, "La independencia: una revolución olvidada".

  • Muralles and Khrlobian

Congratulations to Favián Muralles (BA) and Christine Khrlobian (MA) For winning the 2019-2020 adwards for Undergraduate Exemplary Performance and the Best Master's thesis respectively! 

  1. Student Award
  • Dr. Marcos Cueto tertulia

Watch the recording of our May 22nd Tertulia with Dr Marcos Cueto, "Coronavirus and Historical Patterns of Epidemics in Latin America."

  • Casillas and Gonzales-Smith

Professors Dolores Inés Casillas and Myriam Gonzales-Smith received the 2019-2020 awards for Exemplary Mentorship of LAIS Graduate and Undergraduate Students. 

  1. Faculty Award
  • Alba Constenla Torrado

Congratulations to LAIS Teaching Associate Alba Constenla Torrado who has accepted a tenure-track position at Southwestern College in San Diego.

  1. LAIS Teaching Associate
  • Andrade Martinez
Fátima Andrade Martinez is a recent LAIS Alumna (2019), we recently caught up with her to learn more about what led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Latin American and Iberian Studies, and how that experience has influenced her career trajectory as a college adviser.
  1. Alumna
  2. Interview
  • Christine Khrlobian
Christine Khrlobian is LAIS M.A. Alumna (2019), we recently caught up with her to learn more about what led her to pursue a LAIS M.A, and how that experience has influenced her career trajectory.
  1. Alumna
  2. Interview
  • El pregonero de Dios y Patriarca de los Dioses front cover

Antonio Cortijo Ocaña and Sara Poot-Herrera (both Spanish and Portuguese), have just published a carefully researched edition of El pregonero de Dios y Patriarca de los Dioses by Br. Francsco de Acevedo.

  1. Publication
LAIS affiliated faculty, literary scholar, poet, translator and Emerita Professor, Suzanne...
  1. Interview

Michael Gurven (Anthropology) and colleagues, including other anthropologists, physicians and tribal leaders, develop a strategy for managing COVID-19 among an indigenous population.

  1. News

Please join us in congratulating LAIS faculty affiliate, Jennifer Tyburczy (Feminist Studies), for receiving a 2020 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship! 

  1. Award



  1. April 25, 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
  1. Conference
Join us for a LAIS Tertulia in the Time of COVID, 2020-2021, and learn about social movements, identity and resistance in contemporary Nicaragua!
  1. December 1, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
  1. Tertulia

Join us to hear from Dr. Giovanni Batz (UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Davis) about "Ixil Maya Resistance against Megaprojects in Cotzal, Guatemala"


  1. October 13, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

The Latin American & Iberian Studies Program, at UC Santa Barbara, invites faculty, students, staff and alumni to join us to meet our new members and connect with LAIS.


  1. September 28, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Kai Thaler

Professor Kai Thaler (Global Studies), and colleague, will talk about Nicaragua and COVID-19 as part of the "Populism and the Pandemic- A Comparative Perspective" series by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Universidade de Brasília.

  1. September 8, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am
  • Invitation

Join LAIS Friday, May 29, 2020, via Zoom to celebrate LAIS students and faculty. Family and friends welcome.

  1. May 29, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:00pm
  1. Award Ceremony

Join us for a Zoom talk and Q&A with Marcos Cueto on the coronavirus and historical patterns of epidemics in Latin America on May 22, 2020 at 12PM (PST).

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  1. May 22, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  1. Tertulia

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.

  1. April 30, 2020 - 8:30am to May 1, 2020 - 7:00pm
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