• Scott Desposato

    Scott Desposato

    LAS Director

    Associate Professor of Political Science

    email: las-director@ucsd.edu
    office: LASB 2

    General research interests include democratic institutions, campaigning, mass behavior, and political methodology. Specific projects have examined redistricting in the United States, electoral rules and federalism in Brazil, party-switching by politicians, and statistical methods for studying legislatures. Published research has appeared in The American Journal of Political ScienceThe Journal of PoliticsComparative Political Studies, and Political Analysis. His latest project, for which he has received a National Science Foundation award, examines the determinants and impacts of negative campaigning across different institutional settings.

  • Jessica Cassidy

    Jessica Cassidy

    Program Coordinator
    Undergraduate and Graduate Advisor 

    email: jlcassidy@ucsd.edu 
    phone: (858) 534-7967
    office: LASB 1

    Coordinates logistics of program coordination, including graduate admission, outreach events, and graduation. Provides advising to the undergraduate population for the Latin American Studies major and minor course requirements; in addtion, advises graduate students on the Latin American Studies Master's Program including course requirements and thesis work.

  • Shanley Miller

    Shanley Miller

    Management Services Officer 

    email: smiller@ucsd.edu
    phone: (858) 534-4757
    office: SSB 401

    Manages program administrative functions including finance/budget, academic personnel, human resources, facilities, and staff supervision. 

  • Sarah Buck Kachaluba

    Sarah Buck Kachaluba

    Latin American Studies Librarian
    phone: (858) 534-1270
    office: Geisel Library- West Wing
  • Mailing Address

    University of California, San Diego
    Latin American Studies
    9500 Gilman Drive # 0533
    La Jolla, CA 92093-0533

    Directions (by car and walking)

    Location Address: 451 International Lane, Gildred Latin American Studies Building,  La Jolla 92037

    • Take 5 North or South to Genesee Avenue exit.
    • Go west on Genesee Avenue (towards the ocean).
    • Turn left on North Torrey Pines Road.
    • Turn left at Pangea Drive. There is a parking garage on the left side. Metered parking parking is available on the top level or you may purchase a parking permit at the North Point Drive entrance.
    • Walk up Pangea Drive towards the stop sign and pass Scholars Drive North.  Pangea Drive becomes Thurgood Marshall Lane.
    • Make a left on International Lane and continue to the end.
    • On your right, you will see the Institute of the Americas Complex. Once you go up the stairs you will see three buildings with Spanish roof tiles.
    • The Gildred Latin American Studies building is on the left side (north) of the fountain.


    Google Map (Customized) - Pangea Parking structure & walkway 
    Campus Map - The Gildred Latin American Studies Building is located in North Campus (Building #451)