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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.


 Undergraduate Program

  • Major or minor in Latin American Studies
  • NEW Major Concentrations Coming Winter 2020
    • Latin American Studies Concentration in Mexico
    • Latin American Studies Concentration in Migration & Border Studies
  • Research opportunities in the Mexican Migration Field Research Program (MMFRP)
  • Study Abroad to satisfy language requirement and apply up to 6 upper-division courses toward the major

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



Now Accepting Applications for the 2019-2020 AY. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2020. 




The University of California, San Diego


For Academic Year 2019-20, Latin American Studies at UC San Diego ( has occasional openings for temporary non-tenure track lecturers (Unit 18) throughout the academic year.

Courses in which lecturers are typically needed may include undergraduate lower and upper division lecture courses.

The full list of courses offered by Latin American Studies can be found in the online course catalog: (

Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in related field or equivalent combination of education and experience relevant to the course(s) to which they are applying to teach.

Applicants with teaching experience are preferred; experience can be as a teaching assistant.

Appointments may be full or part time, for 1, 2, or 3 quarters in duration.

In the application, specify the courses or academic area(s) for which you are qualified to teach. We are especially interested in recruiting candidates committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and who will make a strong and meaningful contribution to the development of a campus climate that supports that commitment.

For a complete application, please submit a CV, cover letter, statement of teaching, and contributions to diversity description. Please also submit contact information for at least one, but up to three referees.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.



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.