Crime, Law, and Governance Studies

The Crime, Law, and Governance in the Americas (CLGA) Specialization in the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) program is designed to train students in the interdisciplinary, comparative study of crime in Latin America and the U.S., and prepare them for research and applied careers in the fields of law and governance in relation to crime in the Americas.


6 hours of gateway seminars:

  • LAS 6293 Research Design and Methods in Latin American Studies
  • LAS 6220 Issues and Perspectives in Latin American Studies

6 hours of core courses (select two, at least one of them must be LAS course):

  • LAS 6938-ANG 6930 Law and Order (Latin America)
  • LAS6938-ANG 6930 Violence and Crime in Latin America
  • CCJ 6039 Law and Society
  • CCJ 6920 Criminological Theories

6 to 9 hours of optional courses in the specialization (see below)

3 to 6 hours of courses with Latin American content outside the specialization, selected in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Susan Paulson.

Thesis students must register for LAS 6971, Master’s Research, in the semester of graduation—at least 3 credit hours for or spring, or 2 credit hours for summer

Theory and Topics (select two or three):

  • ANG 6273 Anthropology of Law
  • ANG 6453 Human Rights in a Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANG 6930 War and Forgetting in the Americas
  • ANG 6930 Ethnography and Illicit Flows
  • ANG 6930 Topographies of Law
  • CCJ 6092 Drugs, Crime, and Policy
  • CPO 4722 LAS 6938 Latin American and Caribbean Migration to the United States
  • INR 6249 Inter-American Relations
  • LAS 6905 Latin American Political Economy
  • LAS 6938 Law & Policy in the Americas
  • LAS 6938 Anthropology and Development in Latin America
  • LAS 6938 Democracy in Latin America
  • LAW 6936 LAS 6938 Trade & Human Rights In The Americas
  • SYA 7933 Race, Crime, and Law

Methods courses (may select one as part of the specialization requirements):

  • ANG 6801 Ethnographic Field Methods
  • ANG 6915 Research Projects in Social, Cultural, and Applied Anthropology
  • CCJ 6705 Research Methods in Crime, Law, & Justice
  • GEO 6166 Advanced Quantitative Methods for Spatial Analysis
  • GIS 5107C Geographic Information Systems in Research
  • POS 6737 Political Data Analysis
  • POS 6757 Survey Research
  • POS 6707 Qualitative Research Methods for Political Science

Course Substitutions Course substitutions can only be made with prior approval from the CLGA Program. To request a course substitution, send an e-mail message to CLGA Academic Advisor, explaining the proposed substitution. Attach an electronic copy of the alternate course syllabus.

Core Faculty

  • TBA (Anthropology & Latin American Studies)
  • Richard Kernaghan (Anthropology) 
  • Marvin Krohn (Criminology)
  • Jeffrey Adler (History)
  • Jodi Schorb  (English)

Contact Information

319 Grinter Hall
P.O. Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611-5530
Tel: (352) 392-0375
Fax: (352) 392-7682

Graduate Advisor 
Susan Paulson

Specialization Coordinator