Specialization Coordinator: Maya Stanfield-Mazzimstanfield@ufl.edu

The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) specialization in Arts, Literature, and Culture draws on a wealth of expertise across campus, training students interested in careers related to arts and culture in academia, creative and critical writing, museums, arts administration, performance and related fields.

Purpose of specializations in Latin American Studies
  • To help graduate students and advisors to navigate the vast and constantly shifting curricular landscape supporting Latin American Studies at UF.
  • To foster connection and collaboration around shared interests among current and prospective UF faculty and students.


12 credits total, including courses from at least two academic programs.

Contributing Courses: Select 12 credits

  • ARC 6912: Advanced Topics in Architectural History/Theory (when focused on Latin America)
Art History and Museum Studies
  • ARH 6496 Modern Art Seminar (when focused on Latin America)
  • ARH 6654 Pre-Columbian Arts Seminar
  • ARH 6666 Colonial Latin American Art Seminar
  • ARH 6797 Museum Education (when focused on Latin America)
  • ARH 6836 Exhibitions Seminar (when focused on Latin America)
  • ARH 6895 Collections Management Seminar (when focused on Latin America)
  • ARH 6917 Modern and Contemporary Art from Latin America
  • ARH 6918 Ancient Andean Art
  • ARH 6918 Global Baroque Art
  • ARH 6918 Indigenous Arts of the Colonial Americas
  • ARH 6918 Mesoamerican Art
  • ARH 6930 Special Topics in Museology (when focused on Latin America)
  • ARH/LAS 6938 Cuban Cinema
  • ANG5336/LAS 6938 Peoples of Brazil
  • ANT 5395 Visual Anthropology
  • ANT 6930 Ethnographic and Documentary Film
Latin American Studies
  • LAS 6935 Latin American Documentary Film
  • LAS 6938 Latin American Music
  • LAS 6938 Art and Literature in Latin America
  • LAS 6938 Latin American Thinkers
  • LAS 6938 Music, Politics, and Identity in Brazil
  • MUH 5219 Graduate Music History Review
  • MUH 5505 Introduction to Ethnomusicology
  • MUH 5684 Introduction to Historical Musicology
  • MUH 6515 Musics of the World
  • MUH 6545 The Guitar in Latin American Culture
  • MUH 6548 Seminar in Caribbean Music
  • MUH 6549 Seminar in Brazilian Music
  • MUH 6935 Special Topics in Music History (when focused on Latin America)
  • MUH 7938 Musicology Seminar (when focused on Latin America)
  • MUN 6496 World Music Ensemble
Spanish American, Brazilian, and Caribbean Literature
  • LIT 6236 Before Windrush: Victorian & Modernist Literature of the Caribbean
  • LIT 6236 Caribbean Culture & U.S. Imperialism
  • LIT 6236 Panama Silver, Asian Gold: Reimagining Diasporas, Archives, and the Humanities
  • LIT 6236 Tourism, the Caribbean & Literature
  • POW 6276 Twentieth Century Brazilian Novel
  • POW 6385 Brazilian Lyric
  • POW 6386 Brazilian Drama
  • POW 6905 Individual Work
  • POW 6930 Rotating Topics in Brazilian or Portuguese Literature (when focused on Brazil)
  • SPW 6209 Colonial Spanish American Literature
  • SPW 6236 Spanish American Narrative from the Origins to Criollismo
  • SPW 6285 Contemporary Spanish American Narrative I
  • SPW 6286 Contemporary Spanish American Narrative II
  • SPW 6306 Spanish American Theater
  • SPW 6356 Spanish American Poetry from Romanticism to Vanguardism
  • SPW 6366 Spanish American Essay
  • SPW 6537 Contemporary Spanish American Poetry
  • SPW 6902 Special Study in Spanish American Literature
  • SPW 6934 Seminar in Spanish American Literature and Culture
Frequency of course offerings

Before each semester, the Center compiles and posts online a Guide to hundreds of LAS-related courses available the coming semester. Some courses contributing to specializations are offered every semester, others once every few years. The list of courses provided here is not intended to guarantee any curricular offerings, but rather to open horizons to topics that have been and may be offered in widely varied programs around UF.

Additional courses

Each specialization offers students the opportunity to craft personalized programs of study and to add their own contributions. Students may identify additional courses relevant for a specialization, including new and one-time offerings, and may seek approval from the Specialization Coordinator to count such courses toward specialization credits.



John Richard Stepp (Anthropology, Latin American Studies; Mesoamerica) Cultural Ecology, Ecological Anthropology, Ethnobotany, Medical Anthropology, Visual Anthropology


Martha Kohen (Architecture)

Alfonso Perez Mendez (Architecture) Evolution of Modern Architecture in the Decade after the WWII

Art and Art History

Derek Burdette (Art History) Mesoamerican Arts and the Arts of Colonial Mexico

Kaira Cabañas (Art History) Modern and Contemporary Art of the Americas and Europe

Gaby Hernández (Graphic Design) Social design, Design Research, Design for Development, Visual Storytelling, and Multidisciplinarity, Indigenous Groups (México and Costa Rica)

Heidi Powell (Art and Art Education) Community Art in Central America, Memory, Pedagogy and Practice, Indigenous Identities, Art Cultures, and Arts-Based Research, Medicine and Arts Integration, ​Narrative Inquiry, and Experienced-Based Research Methods

Maria Rogal (Graphic Design) Design for Development, Design Theory, Co-Design, Semiotics, Ethnography, Intercultural Design, and Typography

Maya Stanfield-Mazzi (Art History) Latin American Art, Art of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin America (especially the Andean Region), Indigenous Arts of the Americas

Sergio Vega (Art) Photography & Sculpture

Latin American Studies

Carlos De la Torre (Latin American Studies) Andean area: Ecuador

Carmen Martinez Novo (Latin American Studies) Andean area: Ecuador

Juliana Restrepo Sanin (Political Science) Andean area: Colombia


Mary Elizabeth Ginway (Spanish and Portuguese Studies) Brazilian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Latin American Science Fiction, Brazilian Detective and Crime Fiction, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Brazilian Narrative, Machado de Assis, Brazilian Cinema, Brazilian Culture, Portuguese Language

Benjamin Hebblethwaite (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures/Haitian Creole and Haitian Francophone Studies) Sociolinguistics, Language Documentation, Language Contact, Language Policy and Planning, Linguistics in Literacy and Lexicography

Tace Hedrick (English and Women’s Studies/Spanish/Latin American Studies/Art and Art History) Latina/o and Chicano/a Studies; Afro-Latino/a Studies; Intellectual History of the Americas; Feminist, Queer Theory and Cultural Studies; Feminist Theory; Popular Culture, Visual Culture

Emily Hind (Spanish and Portuguese/Latin American Studies) Mexican Studies, Latin American Literature and Film, and 20th- and 21st- Century Critical Approaches within Interdisciplinary Humanities

Leah Rosenberg (English) Caribbean and Postcolonial Studies, Pedagogy, Digital Humanities

Martin Sorbille (Spanish and Portuguese Studies) 19th Century and early 20th Century Latin American literature and culture, Spanish-American film studies, Psychoanalysis, Literary and critical theory


Kenneth Broadway (Music) Percussion

Larry Crook (Music/Ethnomusicology) Brazilian music, the African Diaspora, Music and Identity, Popular Music

Silvio Dos Santos (Music/Musicology) 19th Century to Present-Day European and Latin American Music, Cultural Identity, Intersections between Music and Politics, and Nationalism and Multiculturalism in Latin American Music

Kristen Stoner (Music) Flute

Welson Tremura (Music/Latin American Studies) Ethnomusicology, Brazilian Jazz, Classical and Vocal Music

Theatre and Dance

Joan Frosch (Theatre/Dance)

Tony Mata (Theatre/Dance/Latin American Studies)