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Latina & Latino Studies Program

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Why Latinx Studies?

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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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Teaching Assistantship in Latinx Studies


LLSP is accepting applications for a teaching assistantship for the 2020-2021 school year.

We will select one graduate student who will support our program by working as a Teaching Assistant for Latino 201, “Introduction to Latinx Studies,” support coordination of events and lectures, and design and teach their own course in Spring 2021. Mentoring on critical pedagogy and interdisciplinary teaching will be provided.

The funding for this assistantship will come from the Graduate School. Specifically, it will be for three quarters, at a rate of $2,792 per month.

Application is due by 5 PM on Friday, April 17th, 2020

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In consideration of the developments surrounding Coronavirus | COVID-19, Latinx Studies' office space at Crowe Hall, Room 1-132 will be physically closed until further notice. Office Staff and Faculty will be working remotely.

Spring Advising Appointments for LLSP Majors, Minors, & Prospective Students

Dear students, If you are in need of advising as a major or minor in Latina and Latino Studies, Prof. Mendoza will hold meetings by appointment only. Please contact her directly ( to set up a phone call or Zoom meeting.

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