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With over 160 experts on the region, the Center is recognized today as one of the top-ranked centers internationally.

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The Center has been continuously designated as a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education since 1961.

Why Latin American Studies?

Latin America, with its geographic and political complexity, ethnic and linguistic diversity, and vibrant cultural life, is an exciting place to study and an increasingly important part of the world.


By undertaking a degree in Latin American Studies, a student is able to design an individualized, interdisciplinary plan of study. A degree in Latin American Studies will open up employment opportunities in educational and research institutions, international organizations, government agencies, and private companies in the United States, Latin America, and elsewhere. 

Akemi Inamoto

Second year MALAS student

Akemi is specializing in development studies and Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD). Her research focuses on how gender systems impact perceptions of and adaptation strategies to climate change among rice farmers in Colombia and Nicaragua. With this research, Akemi hopes to inform and influence the Nicaraguan Rice Farmers Association, the Colombian Rice Farmers Federation, and government policy-makers to design and implement gender-transformative development policy.

Student Spotlight

Maria Fernanda Checa Villafuerte

Tropical Conservation and Development Student

Maria Fernanda has traveled across Ecuador to study butterfly distribution and ecology. Throughout her graduate career at UF, she has been committed to translating her scientific research to benefit her home country. Her remarkable combination of research and professional skills, together with her deep understanding of the threats facing Ecuador’s biodiversity, positions her to become a significant conservation leader in her home country and expert on one of the richest butterfly faunas in the world.

Student Spotlight

Oswaldo Medina-Ramirez

Masters of Sustainable Development Practice

Oswaldo's research interests focus on institutions, governance, policy, and development. In the summer of 2016, he completed his capstone Field Practicum in Brazil. He conducted an analysis of the current status of socio-environmental governance under the Sustainable Municipalities Program in the state of Mato Grosso. Specifically, he analyzed the role of the NGO Instituto Centro de Vida and local municipalities in this governance system.

Student Spotlight

Akemi Inamoto

Second year MALAS student

Akemi is specializing in development studies and Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD). Her research focuses on how gender systems impact perceptions of and adaptation strategies to climate change among rice farmers in Colombia and Nicaragua. With this research, Akemi hopes to inform and influence the Nicaraguan Rice Farmers Association, the Colombian Rice Farmers Federation, and government policy-makers to design and implement gender-transformative development policy.

Student Spotlight



Calendar of Events

Delve into Latin America and the Caribbean through the various events that are planned throughout the year! Don't miss a moment of the action; check out our Calendar of Events.

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