Latinx Studies, Migration & Transnational Studies

Specialization Coordinators: Nicholas

The MALAS specialization in Latinx Studies, Migration & Transnational Studies (LSMT) draws from many disciplines to provide students with a broad view of the history and the main social and intellectual issues that have shaped different groups that make up the Latinx community in the US and various diasporic communities in Latin America. The specialization looks integrally at Latinx lives and migration history and processes, considering relations of Latinx and migrants to Latin American culture and history, and with other racialized groups in the U.S. Attention is given to the special role that Florida plays as a point of contact and transnational relations with Latin America. The specialization promotes the study of Latinxs, migration processes, and other U.S.-Latin American cultural developments by highlighting interconnections among peoples, regional changes, and global transformations.

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.
Requirements for Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies at UF
  • Complete 30 credit hours, fulfilling distribution requirements listed below
  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency in Portuguese, Spanish, Haitian Creole, or another creole or indigenous language of the region
  • Produce a thesis, internship, or capstone project
Course distribution requirements:
  • 6 hours of gateway seminars
    • LAS 6220 Issues and Perspectives in Latin American Studies
    • LAS 6292/3 Research Design and Methods in Latin American Studies
  • At least 15 of the 30 total hours completed in courses listed as LAS
  • Thesis students must register for LAS 6971 in the semester of graduation
  • Internship students must register for 3 credits of LAS 6949
  • 12 hours of courses in an interdisciplinary specialization*

*Students may take more than 12 credits—potentially as many as 21 of required 30 credits—in courses associated with interdisciplinary specialization of choice


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

Core Courses

Select 6 - 12 credits from following:

  • LAS 6938 Latino/a Culture
  • LAS 6938 Latina/os in Contemporary Society
  • LAS 6938 Race and U.S. Latina/os
  • LAS 6938 Latin American and Caribbean Migration to the US
Elective Courses

Select up to 6 credits from the following:

  • LAS 6938/SYD 6706 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • EDG 6931 Critical Race Theory
  • EDG 6931 Language and Education Issues of Migrants
  • LAS 6938/CPO 6307 Latin American Politics
  • WST 6935 Global Women of Color
  • LAS 6938 Policing in the Americas
  • LAS 6938 Black Radical Thought in America
  • LAS 6938/ CPO 6307 Latin American Politics
  • ANG 6453 Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • LAH 5934 Jewish Diaspora in Latin America
  • LAS 6938 Human Rights and Globalization
  • LAS 6938 Trade and Human Rights
  • LAW 6930 Asylum and Refugee Law
  • LAW 6930 International Trade and Human Rights
  • MMC 6936 Global Activism and Social Change Communication
  • SPN 6735 Code-Switching


Christopher L. Busey (Education) Race, African Diaspora, Latinx Education  

María Coady (Education) Bilingual Education, ESOL for Spanish speakers

Amy Jo Coffey (Telecommunication) Audience Economics, U.S. Non-English Language Programming, Market Segmentation, Utility of New Media Spaces

Ester de Jong (Education) Bilingualism

Joan Flocks (Law) Environmental Justice, Farmworkers, Housing, Migrant Labor, Poverty Law

Elizabeth Garcia (Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women's Studies Research) Latina Women’s Literature, Latina Feminist Theory, Women of Color & Feminism, Latinx Children & YA Literature

Tace Hedrick (English) Chicano Studies, Latinx Studies, Culture and Literature, Afro-Latino/a Studies, Intellectual History of the Americas, Feminist, Queer Theory and Cultural Studies; Popular Culture, Visual Culture

Jillian Hernandez (Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women's Studies Research) Sexualities and Race, visual Culture, Art History, and Performance Studies, Critical Girlhood Studies, Ethnic Studies, Latinx Studies, and Black Studies, Hip Hop, Media, and Cultural Studies, Black and Latina Feminisms

Berta Esperanza Hernández-Truyol (Law) Civil Rights, Comparative Law, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, International and Regional Human Rights (Inter-America and Europe),  International and Transnational Law, LGBT Issues, Marriage Equality, Race & Race Relations  Sovereignty, War and War Crimes, Women, Gender and the Law

Pedro Malavet (Law, Puerto Rico) Comparative Law, Critical Race Theory, LatCrit Theory, U.S. Territorial Possessions, Evidence, Civil Procedure

Tony Mata (Theatre/Dance/Latin American Studies)

Paul Ortiz (Department of History) Oral History, African American history, Latino Studies, the African Diaspora, Social Movement Theory, U.S. History, U.S. South, labor, and documentary studies

Tanya Saunders (Latin American Studies, Sociology, African Diaspora in the Americas, Cuba) Queer Studies, African Diaspora Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Sociology of Art

Carlos A. Suárez Carrasquillo (Political Science, Puerto Rico & Caribbean) urban politics, gated communities, city marketing/branding

Cecilia “CC” Suarez (Agriculture, Latin American Studies), Cultural Studies, Leadership Education and Development, intercommunity engagement

Jeanne Stacciarini (Nursing, Migrant Health) mental health promotion among minorities, community-based participatory research for minorities, rural and international populations

Nicholas Vargas (Sociology and Latin American Studies), Latinx Racial Classification, Latinxs in Higher Education, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Colorism among Latinxs

Barbara Zsembik (Sociology) Demography, Migration and health, Health disparities, Latino sociology and demography, Social epidemiology, Family and Household Social Demography