Center Blog

Welcome to the blog for the Center for Latin American Studies. Articles on our blog highlight center news, faculty interviews and publications, student accomplishments, and much more.


Latin American Studies courses announced for Spring 2022

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Ben Hebblethwaite publishes op-ed on rebuilding Haiti more safely and sustainably

Dr. Hebblethwaite suggests safer and more sustainable building materials like hemp and bamboo. Read More


Engaging with alumni benefits current students

Connecting alumni with students builds relationships, offers real-world learning, and in the case of Gabriel Martinez, leads to an internship opportunity Read More


Andrew Janusz interviewed on Brazil's political turmoil

Dr. Janusz gives context on Brazil's upcoming election to local Orlando news. Read More


Carlos Suárez interviewed on Puerto Rico's vaccination success

Dr. Suárez offers insight in USA Today article on Puerto Rico's high vaccination rate. Read More


Welson Tremura named Associate Director of the Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Tremura will serve as inaugural Associate Director to grow development and impact at CAME Read More


Meet the incoming MALAS cohort

Fall 2021 brings fourteen new students into our MALAS program Read More


Professors Paul Ortiz and Nicholas Vargas join UnidosUS Racial Equity Initiative

Latin American Studies faculty part of team working to shift perceptions and policies affecting U.S. Latino community Read More


José Martí and Juan José Sicre: The Model and the Artist

The story behind the Center's José Martí statue. Read More


Ben Hebblethwaite pens column on language inequality in Haiti

Dr. Hebblethwaite addresses the disparity between French and Haitian Creole in official policy Read More


Welson Tremura honored by home city São José do Rio Preto

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Catherine Tucker publishes results from mountain governance survey

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Lillian Guerra speaks out on Cuba protests across media outlets

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Robert Walker and Joel Correia among team to receive four-year NSF grant

NSF awards nearly $1 million for grant to study Indigenous socioenvironmental systems Read More


Resilient Socio-Environmental Systems: Indigenous Territories in the Face of Change

NSF grant awardees share details on their upcoming 4-year study Read More


Virtual Exchange Initiatives Continue Expanding with Outreach and Training

Using virtual exchange allows educational programs to connect students around the world from different backgrounds for sustained interaction and collaboration. Read More


Remembering former Center professor Dr. Gláucio Soares

Dr. Gláucio Ary Dillon Soares, who recently passed away at age 86, made an impact at the Center for Latin American Studies. Read More


Emilio Bruna brings scientists to celebrity-message service Cameo

Dr. Emilio Bruna aims to raise visibility and engagement with scientists Read More


Rebecca Hanson interviewed by New York Times on violence in Venezuela

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Lillian Guerra guest essay featured in New York Times Opinion

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Spring 2021 issue of the Latinamericanist published

Biannual newsletter reports on the latest news and events from the Center for Latin American Studies Read More


Joel Correia and Kathleen Colverson named Fulbright Scholars

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Rebecca Hanson publishes article on police violence in Venezuela

Dr. Hanson analyzed systemic extralegal killings with co-author Verónica Zubillaga Read More


Carlos Suarez interviewed on Cinco Continentes podcast

Dr. Suarez provides political science expertise on Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office Read More


Carmen Martinez Novo publishes book on Indigenous rights in Ecuador

“Undoing Multiculturalism” focuses on the challenges faced by Indigenous communities under Ecuador’s Correa administration Read More


69th Annual Conference: Reimagining the Gran Chaco

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Carlos Suarez and Lauren Pearlman featured in article on Puerto Rico and D.C. statehood

Dr. Suarez and Dr. Pearlman outline challenges and controversy on Puerto Rico and D.C. statehood Read More


Heather Vrana publishes collection of essays on the Guatemalan Revolution

“Out of the Shadow” seeks to present a more nuanced panorama of Guatemala’s pivotal democratic period Read More


Joel Correia received 2021 CLASP Junior Faculty Teaching Award

Dr. Joel Correia recognized for excellent teaching in Latin American Studies Read More


Dr. Joel Correia awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship

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Lillian Guerra interviewed by NPR about the future of Cuba post-Castros

Dr. Guerra, professor of Cuban and Caribbean history, shares insight on what might be next for Cuba Read More


69th Annual Conference to feature South America’s Gran Chaco

Two-day event of roundtable discussions and presentations will take place April 15-16, 2021 Read More


Kaira Cabañas publishes book on materiality in contemporary art

“Immanent Vitalities: Meaning and Materiality in Modern and Contemporary Art” explores key artistic practices in Venezuela, Brazil, and Western Europe from the mid-twentieth century to the present Read More


Nicholas Vargas publishes first study on Latinx identity

Dr. Vargas co-authored recent study surveying Americans about identifying as “Latinx” Read More


22nd edition of the Latin American Business Environment Report published

Annual report provides detailed review of business, investment, and legal environments in Latin America Read More


Rebecca Hanson publishes article on Venezuela’s political standoff

Dr. Hanson shares insight on Venezuela’s recent elections and its citizens’ responses to the political stalemate Read More


2021 Fieldwork Festival Adapts; Research Celebrated and Winners Selected

Student winners selected in MALAS, MDP, and Pre-Dissertation categories Read More


Dr. Tanya Saunders receives fellowship to Harvard University’s Hutchins Center

The Mamolen Fellowship is awarded to distinguished scholars in the field of Afro-Latin Studies Read More


Joel Correia publishes paper on Indigenous land rights in Paraguay's Chaco

Dr. Correia's paper discusses the limits of recognition by investigating the politics of Indigenous rights in Paraguay Read More


Robert Walker interviewed for Discover Magazine on Amazon Rainforest

Dr. Walker featured in article titled "The Amazon Rainforest Could Die in Your Lifetime — Here's Why" Read More


2020 Alumni Award Recipients Announced

Camila Pazos Fajardo wins Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Laury Cullen wins Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award Read More


Carlos Suarez gives radio interview on Puerto Rico statehood

Dr. Suarez explains the historical and geopolitical context of Puerto Rico as a U.S. territory, and outlines the possible consequences of it becoming a U.S. state. Read More


"Navidad Nuestra" featured in UF's 2020 Sounds of the Season concert

Dr. Welson Tremura plays charango in 2020 holiday concert featuring Latin American composition Read More


University of Florida Celebrates 90 Years of Latin American Studies

Created on June 2, 1930 by Preside John J. Tigert, the Institute for Inter-American Affairs (IIAA) was the first research center in the United States to focus on Latin America. Read More


Ms. Wanda Carter Retires After 19 Years at the Center for Latin American Studies

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The Case for Degrowth with Latin American and Indigenous Perspectives

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Tejiendo puentes por la vida y la dignidad ¡Carajo!

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Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

The University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies invites applications from highly motivated students for the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies degree program (MALAS). Read More