NU community supports Mexico, Puerto Rico following natural disasters

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico last month, second-year graduate student and Puerto Rico native Zorimar Rivera Montes said she went a week before hearing from her family. “I wasn’t able to contact them to know if they were OK or alive,” Rivera Montes said. “For me, it’s been a very distressing situation.” Weeks after the storm, Rivera Montes said communications are still “inconsistent and erratic,” adding that her family — along with many others in Puerto Rico — is without electricity or running water.

Diane Guerrero Actor | Author | Activist shares her experience w/immigration policy, mental health

“Orange is the New Black” actress Diane Guerrero began her speech Tuesday night by calling attention to those affected by natural disasters in Latin America, the Caribbean and the southern United States as well as the “unnatural disaster” in Las Vegas.

Rising up in the Face of Adversity

Actor, author and activist Diane Guerrero visits Northwestern to share her family’s story of immigration and deportation. In the midst of the heated national debate over immigration, actress, author and activist Diane Guerrero arrived at Northwestern University on Oct. 3 to provide the keynote talk for the University’s Latinx Heritage Month.

Diane Guerrero urges Chicago area Latinx youth to confront depression and anxiety

As a daughter of deported parents, Hollywood star, Diane Guerrero, 29, spoke “for and to all the shadow children, the kids that split between the cracks,” she said during a talk at Northwestern University as part of their Latinx History Month celebration on October 3.

Call For Proposals - In Motion: Performance and Unsettling Borders

The 2018 Department of Performance Studies Graduate Student Conference, In Motion: Performance and Unsettling Borders, invites graduate students—practitioners and scholars—to generate dialogue and debate by coming together around artistic work and interdisciplinary thinking.

Helping Our Students in Puerto Rico

LLSP Community member, Graduate student Verónica Dávila is in Puerto Rico with her family. Her family has been hard hit by the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese has started a GoFundMe for Veronica and her family. We encourage you to contribute and to share the link far and wide. The web address for the campaign is Donations of any amount are welcome… big or small, everything counts! 

LLSP congratulates Prof. Jaime Dominguez on his Promotion to Assistant Professor of Instruction

Please join us in congratulating Jaime Dominguez on his promotion to Assistant Professor of Instruction. Great job, Jaime! We are honored to have you with us in LLSP.

Congratulations to LLSP Major, Fatima Gomez!

Our graduating senior, Fatima Gomez, who is a double major in English and Latinx Studies, has been admitted to the Phi Beta Kappa Alpha Society. Please join me in congratulating her on her achievements! 

The Latina and Latino Studies Program Welcomes Professor Elvia Mendoza as our Visiting Assistant Professor for 2017-2019.

Elvia's scholarship on violence, memory, race and sexuality, and her expertise in producing documentaries for social justice, will enhance our curricular offerings. We look forward to working with her as she teaches and advises our majors and minors. Bienvenida, Elvia!

LLSP Professor Selected as a Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Faculty Fellow for 2017-18

Congratulations to Professor Emily Maguire for having been selected as a Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Faculty Fellow for 2017-18!

LLSP Professor Receives Newberry Library Research Fellowship for part of 2017-18

Congratulations to Professor John Marquez for having received a Newberry Library Research Fellowship for part of 2017-18!

Past News

  • LLSP Faculty Part of 2016-2017 Fellows for the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. LLSP congratulates Hector Carrillo and John Alba Cutler, for receiving a Kaplan Faculty fellowship for next academic year!

  • LLSP Alumnae Admitted into Garrett Theological Seminary's Graduate Program. Please join us in congratulating our alumnae, Maria Alejandra Salazar, 2011, for being admitted to the Garrett Theological Seminary's graduate program and awarded a Latina/o Leadership Scholarship.  We wish Maria the best as she embarks in this new journey in her life!  
  • Current LLSP Majors, Fatima Gomez Receives Approval to Pursue Interdisciplinary Honors in English-Creative Writing and Latina/o Studies. Congratulations Fatima! We are very proud of you! 
  • Future LLSP Faculty Wins the American Sociological Association 2016 Best Dissertation Award. LLSP Congratulates Ford Fellow Michael Rodriguez-Muniz for winning the American Sociological Association 2016 Best Dissertation Award for his dissertation titled, “Temporal Politics of the Future: National Latino Civil Rights Advocacy, Demographic Statistics, and the “Browning” of America.
  • LLSP Professor Receives Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award for 2015-16. We congratulate Professor Hector Carrillo for receiving a Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award for 2015-16. His contributions to undergraduate and graduate teaching in Sociology, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Latina and Latino Studies are invaluable!


  • PAST IMPERFECTIn this "RESEARCH" article, LLSP Prof. John Alba Cutler and other Northwestern scholars help reveal, remember, and give voice to those whose history and achievements might otherwise be forgotten.


  • Laurell Hill Elementary Visits NU. The Latina and Latino Studies Program hosted 70 third grade students and their teachers from the Laurel Hill Elementary School in Hanover Park for a visit to our campus. On September 30, 2015, the students walked around South Campus, the library, Norris Student Center, and the lakefront learning about the university and its academic fields.  They had lunch and asked great questions about university life. Many of them left stating that they wanted to come to Northwestern for college. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to show most of them for the first time what a university looks like and what we do here.  It is never too early to begin to get young Mexican and Latino/a students to consider higher education.
  • We would like to congratulate Carlos Ballinas, our Program Assistant, for recently being awarded the Meteor Award for Excellence in a New Position. This award is presented to staff members who have achieved excellence in a short period of time in their new position in the College and who display initiative, adaptability, resourcefulness, and efficiency. Join us in thanking Carlos for the extraordinary support he provided both for the Bracero Exhibit, "Bittersweet Harvest", as well as for the Imagining Latina/o Studies Conference held in July.
  • Please join us in congratulating John Alba Cutler, who has received a Humanities Without Walls Global Midwest Initiative grant for his project “Toward a Global Midwest Digital Archive of 1960s and 70s Poetry and Print Culture.”
  • We are very pleased to announce that LLSP Prof. Ana Aparicio has been selected for a 2014-15 Fellowship from the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. Prof. Aparicio will be working on her project: “Brown Picket Fences: Latinos, Immigrants, and the Transformation of the American Suburb.” Please join us in congratulating her.
  • We are very pleased to announce that History & LLSP Prof.Gerry Cadava's book, Standing on Common Ground, has received the prestigious Frederick Jackson Turner Award in History from the Organization of American Historians. Please join us in congratulating him.
  • "Bittersweet Harvest" has been featured in the following publications:
  • Congratulations Professor John Marquez for his publication in The Latino Studies Journal. Click here
  • Congratulations to Professor Geraldo L. Cadava for his op-ed article in the New York Times! Click here.
  • John D. Marquez, Assistant Professor, African American Studies and Latina/o Studies published in the September 2012 volume of the American Quarterly, the journal of the American Studies Association. The article is entitled "The Black Mohicans:  Representations of Everyday Violence in Postracial Urban America,"( pp. 625-651). Focuses on the urban violence that has killed so many young black and Latino men in Chicago.