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  • John D. (Jody) Blanco

    John D. (Jody) Blanco

    Director, Latin American Studies

    Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish and Cultural Studies

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    office: LASB 3


    John D. (Jody) Blanco teaches the literatures and cultures of early modern globalization under the Spanish Empire (Philippine, Latin American, and Asian), comparative empire studies (Spanish and US) and modern Philippine, Latin American, and Asian-American literatures at the University of California, San Diego. He has taught at UCSD as a member of the Literature faculty since 2001. Prior to the publication of his book Frontier Constitutions: Christianity and Colonial Empire in the 19th Century Philippines (UC Press, 2019), he translated and published Julio Ramos’s book Desencuentros de la modernidad en América Latina: cultura y política del siglo XIX [Divergent Modernities of Latin America: Culture and Politics of the Nineteenth Century] (Duke UP 1999).

    In addition to research and teaching, Professor Blanco also served as the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Division of Arts and Humanities (2016-18); as well as the editorial boards of the Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies and the Philippine journal Unitas. He also serves on the collective board of the Tepoztlán Institute, which hosts an annual conference in Tepoztlán, México.

  • Sarah Carvalho

    Sarah Carvalho

    Program Coordinator
    Undergraduate and Graduate Advisor 

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    phone: (858) 534-7967
    office: LASB 1

    Sarah is the Program Coordinator for Latin American Studies. She is the academic advisor for graduate and undergraduate students, the TA coordinator, and works with admissions and events. Sarah has an MA in Linguistics from CU-Boulder and a BA in Anthropology from Tufts University. She speaks Portuguese and has a great interest in Brazil.

  • Shanley Miller

    Shanley Miller

    Management Services Officer 

    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: LASB 12 & Geisel Library- West Wing
  • Brenda Guzman

    Brenda Guzman

    Academic Personnel Specialist

    Manages the hiring process for LAS Lecturers

  • Luciana Marcos Laberge

    Luciana Marcos Laberge

    Community Relations

    phone: (858) 534-9247
    office: LASB 6

    Luciana engages in media and event planning, coordinates with visiting scholars and visiting graduate students, and assists with operations and finances. Luciana has an MFA in Film Production from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a martial art that originated in Brazil and is very popular in California. Luciana also speaks French and Spanish.