Specialization Coordinators: Rebecca Hanson & Richard Kernaghan

The Crime, Law, and Governance in the Americas (CLGA) Specialization is designed to train students in the interdisciplinary, comparative study of crime, law, violence, justice, and related areas in Latin America and the U.S. This specialization also prepares students for research and applied careers in the fields of law and governance in the Americas.

  • To help 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, students, and partners.

Recent Courses Relevant for CLGA

  • LAS 6938 Law and Order in Latin America
  • LAS6938 Violence and Crime in Latin America
  • LAS 6938/SYA 7933 Policing the Americas
  • LAS 4935/LAS 6938 Human Rights in Latin America
  • ANG 6930 Readings in Legal Anthropology
  • ANG 6930 Ethnography of Illicit Worlds
  • CCJ 6920 Criminological Theories

Theory and Topics Courses:

  • ANG 6930 War and Forgetting in the Americas
  • ANG 6930 Topographies of Law
  • ANG 6453 Human Rights in a Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANG 6452 Race and Racism in Anthropological Theory
  • ANG 6274 Principles of Political Anthropology
  • CCJ 6092 Drugs, Crime, and Policy
  • CCJ 6039 Law and Society
  • CCJ 5934 Gangs
  • CCJ 5934 Gender and Crime
  • CJC 6120 Corrections & Public Policy
  • LAS 6938 Crime and Criminality in the Americas
  • LAS 6938 Revolution in the Americas
  • LAS 6938/CPO 6307 Latin American Politics
  • LAS 6938 Introduction to Latin American History
  • LAS 6938 Law & Policy in the Americas
  • LAS 6938 Anthropology and Development in Latin America
  • LAS 6938 Democracy in Latin America
  • LAS 6938 Black Radicalism in the Americas
  • LAS 6938 Gender and Empowerment
  • LAS 6938 International Human Rights
  • LAS 6938 Queer Latin America
  • LAS 6938/LAS 4935 Ethnographies of the State in Latin America
  • LAS 6938/LAS 4935 Latin American Elites: Critical Perspectives Gained from "Studying Up"
  • LAW 6936/LAS 6938 Trade & Human Rights in The Americas
  • POS 6933: Gender, Politics & Violence
  • SYA 7933 Race, Crime, and Law
  • SYA 7933 Race and US Latino/as
  • SYA 7933 Intersectionalities
  • SYD 6706 Racial and Ethnic Relations

Methods Courses:

  • ANG 6801 Ethnographic Field Methods
  • 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
  • SYA 7933 Qualitative Methods
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.


Jeffrey Adler (History) U.S. Urban History, History Of Violence And Social Conflict, History of American Criminal Justice, and Nineteenth-Century America

Rebecca Hanson (Latin American Studies/Sociology; Venezuela and Colombia) Crime and Citizen Security, Political Sociology, Human Rights, Global Studies, Urban Sociology, Social Movements and Citizen Participation, Gender; Latin America, Qualitative Methods

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

Richard Kernaghan (Anthropology; Peru and Amazonia) Legal Anthropology, Ethnography and Ethnographic Writing, Roads and Indigenous Populations

Marvin Krohn (Criminology) Juvenile Delinquency, Adolescent Substance Use, Sociology of Law

Jodi Lane (Criminology) Fear of Crime, Crime Policy, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Evaluation Research

Carmen Martinez Novo (Latin American Studies)

Jodi Schorb (English) History of U.S. Prison

Joseph Spillane (History) Development of Drug Addiction Research, Police Practice Relative to Illicit Markets

Heather Vrana (History; Central America) Student and Social Movements, Social Class, Race, Disability and History of Medicine, Nationalisms, Youth Politics and Culture, Popular Culture