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The Latin American Studies Program at UC San Diego brings together faculty and research interests from across academic disciplines to further understand the cultural, political, and social environments through the western hemisphere.

Congratulations Class of 2019!



Undergraduate Program


Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

  • Choose between 1 & 2 year tracks
  • Specialize in almost any reach internists as it pertains to the Americas
  • Develop a deep connection to faculty with small class size
  • Fund courses and travel with departmental support and on-campus employment



Deadline to apply is March 5, 2019 for AY 2019-2020 

Faculty Highlights

Undocuented Politics: Place, Gender, and the Pathways of Mexican Migrants

By Abigail Leslie Andrews


Abigail L. Andrews is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at the University of California-San Diego. Her research focuses on gender, migration, state power, and grassroots agency. She is particularly interested in the struggles of marginalized groups in Mexico and the United States, including indigenous peasants, deportees, and undocumented immigrants. At UCSD, she also co-directs the Mexican Migration Field Research Program.



Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas

By David Fitzgerald

David Scott FitzGerald is Theodore E. Gildred Chair in U.S.-Mexican Relations, Professor of Sociology, and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies. His research analyzes policies regulating migration and asylum in countries of origin, transit, and destination. His current projects include directing the California Immigration Research Initiative. FitzGerald was honored with the “Award for Public Sociology” from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association in 2013 and frequently provides comment to local, national, and international media.



Crafting Borders: Frim Tordesillas and Q’osqo to Andean Nation-States 1500-1900

By Christine Hunefeldt

Christine Hunefeldt has been teaching for the History Department at UCSD since 1990. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnology, Americanistics, and History from the University of Bonn, Germany in 1982. Her research focuses on Latin American history with an emphasis on Andean history, the lives of women, indigenous populations and slaves. Currently her research is centered in the Amazon Basin and the virtual reconstruction of its history.


The Indigenous State: Race, Politics, and Performance in Plurinational Bolivia

By Nancy Postero

Nancy Postero Professor of Anthorpology received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2001 and joined the UC San Diego faculty in September 2001. She was previously a criminal defense, a human rights attorney, and a journalist. Postero is the Co-Director of the Human Rights Program at UC San Diego and is the Co-Director of the International Institute.


A City on a Lake: Urban Political Ecology and the Growth of Mexico City

By Matthew Vitz

Matthew Vitz received his Ph.D. in Latin American and Caribbean History from New York University in 2010. His doctoral research on the modern environmental history of Mexico City was supported by a Fulbright scholarship and an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Since completing his Ph.D., he has been Visiting Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UCSD, and a fellow at the prestigious Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas (Institute of Historical Research) at the UNAM in Mexico City.