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Latina and Latino Studies focuses on the historic and contemporary circumstances that shape Latina and Latino lives, spaces, subjectivities, and politics in the United States.  This field encompasses diverse communities and nationalities while also offering critical attention to transnational dynamics or to how Latinas and Latinos relate and connect to cultural or geographical origins across the Americas. 

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NEW LLSP Full Time Professor, Mérida M. Rúa


The Latinx Studies Program welcomes Professor Mérida M. Rúa to our community! Professor Rúa is the first-ever 100 percent full-time tenure track faculty hire within the Program. This is a historic milestone for Latinx Studies at NU, made possible through the advocacy and labor of students and community members.

We look forward to Prof. Rúa joining our community. Please join us to celebrate and welcome Professor Rúa!

Professor Rua's biography: Link  

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Dr. Frances Aparicio publishes book


We are pleased to announce that Frances R. Aparicio, Professor Emerita and former Director of Latinx Studies at Northwestern has published a new book titled Negotiating Latinidad: Intralatina/o Lives in Chicago. This book reinforces Professor Aparicio’s standing as one of the nation’s foremost scholars of Latinx studies.

 Professor Aparicio recently sat down for an interview with Latinx Talk about the book. Click on the following link to access the interview: Link

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Prof. Alejandro Carrion publishes article in Latino Studies

Please join with us in congratulating LLSP Assistant Professor, Alejandro Carrion, whose article “Honoring the past: Embracing the margins as a space of radical openness through participatory action research” has been published online by Latino Studies. Congratulations Alejandro!

Prof. Hector Carrillo's book, Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men awarded ASA Distinguished Scholarship book award

Please join with us in congratulating Héctor Carrillo, whose book Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men was awarded the 2020 ASA Distinguished Scholarship book award. What a well-deserved recognition for an important piece of scholarship! We’re lucky to have you as a colleague, Héctor!

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