• 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 or las@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
    emailsbuckkachaluba@ucsd.edu
    phone: (858) 534-1270
    office: Geisel Library- West Wing