CLAS Announces Post-Doctoral Position

Rutgers Center for Latin American Studies The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) of the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, invites applications for a non-renewable two-year Postdoctoral Associate position in Latin American Studies. We seek applicants with strong multi-regional training in the fields of Anthropology, Geography, History, Politics, or Sociology, with work on migration, race, gender, or urban studies. Specialists on Central America or Mexico...

New Course: The History of Puerto Rico

The History of Puerto Rico (LCS 01:595:371/History 01:508:371) Instructor: Aldo Lauria Santiago This course will provide students an advanced introduction to the history of Puerto Rico in Caribbean and American contexts. The study of the post-conquest history of Puerto Rico history covers over five centuries. Four hundred years under Spanish rule and over 100 under US rule. Because of this persistent colonial history Puerto Rico is often presented as an exceptional place with a history unlike...

New Course on Central American and Mexico--Spring 2022

CLAS Post-Doc Jennifer Trowbridge will be teaching a new course for CLAS in the Spring 2022 Semester “Introduction to Mexico and Central America”  This course will provide students with an advanced introduction to Mexico and Central America, including migrations from these countries to the United States. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this course draws on history and anthropology – particularly medical anthropology – to examine the political conditions that shape social movements and...

CLAS Sponsors Working Group on the History of Puerto Rico

CLAS is sponsoring a working group of twenty historians who do research on Puerto Rico.  With participants from multiple US and Puerto Rico-based universities, the group discusses published papers and research paper drafts in a workshop format every two months. The group focuses on specialized and textual commentary.  Please email Aldo Lauria Santiago if interested in participating.

New Documented Blog on the History of Puerto Rican Migrants in New York City

Puerto Rican New Yorkers: Workers, Unions and Politics in the Struggle for a Better Life, 1910s-1960s Prof. Lauria Santiago recently launched a massive 50-page blog with documents on the history of Puerto Rican migrants and their descendants in New York City.  The blog, hosted at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, focuses on different aspects of the class, work and political experience of Puerto Ricans between 1910s and the 1970s.  The work is loosely based on a forthcoming volume with the...

CLAS Launches Faculty Interests Survey

The CLAS launched a survey of its dozens of affiliated faculty.  CLAS is interested in learning more about the work, goals and interests of its many affiliated faculty.  The data will be used by the Executive Committee to initiate programs and events, and to better share information on our work.  Faculty have been urged to fill out the survey via Canvas.  We still welcome participation in the survey.  See your Canvas entry page for the invitation to join the Canvas CLAS course and click on Faculty...

CLAS Executive Council Work

The CLAS Executive Council is working on three review initiatives for the Center: Undergraduate recruitment and curricular review: Professors Ulla Berg and Shantee Rosado Development and grants: Professors Andrea Marson and Carlos Decena Faculty engagement: Professors Laura Cuesta and Isaias Rojas Perez Their research, suggestions and plans will help guide the work of the CLAS.

Latinos in New Jersey Project Wins Historical Commission Grant

As part of the Rutgers Latino Studies Initiative, professors Aldo Lauria-Santiago and Ulla Berg are co-editing a book on Latinos in New Jersey for Rutgers University Press.  The book will present the scholarship of over fifteen colleagues who work diverse themes.  Some are Rutgers Professors and others are faculty and researchers from other institutions. The book will be forthcoming sometime in 2022. As part of this work the New Jersey Historical Commission provided a grant for the creation of a...

CLAS Launches Puerto Rico Archival Collaboration

The Puerto Rico Archival Collaboration For the next three years, the Center for Latin American Studies will be collaborating with sister institutions in Puerto Rico to help them preserve and make accessible digitally important archival collections and periodical publications. The Collaboration began in September 2021 and involved the Coleccion Puertorriqueña of the University of Puerto Rico Library, its Digital Collections held at the Coleccion Digital Puertorriqueña and the General Archive and National...

CLAS Launches Colombia Working Group

As a result of growing interest among faculty and graduate students the Center for Latin American Studies is inaugurating a working group on Colombia. Coordinated by Graduate Student Javier González Cortés (History Ph.D. program), the working group will organize events, faculty discussions, and research collaborations.  During the last fifteen years the number of Colombian Americans in New Jersey has grown, as well as their presence at Rutgers.  Rutgers graduate programs have also been...

Graduate Student Publication

Jian Ren, an advanced graduate student in the Latin American History Ph.D. Program, recently published "REPENSAR LA DIPLOMACIA CULTURAL DESDE LA PERSPECTIVA CHINA: GUILLERMO DEL PEDREGAL Y LA IMAGEN DEL LIDERAZGO CHINO SOBRE CHILE (1959-1975)" in the journal INTUS-LEGERE HISTORIA (15:1 2021).  Jian is working on a dissertation on relations between the Chinese government and various Latin American countries between the 1950s and 1970s.

New CLAS Executive Committee Members

Our Executive Committee will have new members this year: Professors Ulla Berg, Carlos Decena, Shantee Rosado and Isaias Rojas-Perez.  They will join Laura Cuesta and Andrea Marson in providing advice for the CLAS.

New Faculty: Professor Nicole Burrows

Professor Burrows recently joined the History Department in SAS New Brunswick. She earned her Ph.D. at the CUNY Graduate Center with a focus on Latin American and Caribbean History and African Diaspora Studies. Her scholarship and teaching is in modern Caribbean and African-American history. Her research explores social justice movements, comparative histories of racialization and colonialism, Black Internationalism, and the politics of solidarity. Her current book project, Seeds of...

Spring 2022 Course List

CLAS Launches its Spring 2022 Course list. Besides the usual 101 Introduction to Latin American Studies CLAS is offering a new course on Mexico and Central America.  CLAS relies on the many departments in SAS to provide courses for its majors and minors. Among the new or infrequent courses offered in spring:   070:339 Caribbean Archaeology (Prof. De Jong) 195:295 Latino and Caribbean Cultural Studies (Prof. Garcia-Medina), cross-listed 01:595:295:01 506:224 Slavery World History (Prof. Seijas) 508:362...

CLAS Initiates and Co-Sponsors Cluster Hiring Proposal in Hemispheric Indigenous Studies

The CLAS convened a group of CLAS faculty affiliates with interests and research on indigenous studies to discuss a draft of a proposal for a cluster hire in Hemispheric Indigenous Studies.  The committee included colleagues from other fields including American Studies.  The proposal calls for the hiring of five specialists across different departments.  It has been submitted to SAS Deans for consideration as part of the Rutgers Institute for Global Racial Justice.  The proposal also called for...

Professor Charles Walker Presents on Sendero Luminoso in Peru

Thirty professors, students and guests heard UC Davis Professor (and Visiting Fellow at Princeton University) Charles Walker present his new research on the Shining Path movement in Peru.  Professor Walker has already published an article on Sendero's children and young adult recruits ("Inocencia: Shining Path and the Recruitment of Minors." Journal of Social History 2021).  Professor Jorge Marcone of Spanish and Portuguese led the questions and discussion. Charles is a professor of history at...

CLAS has new Program Assistants!

Meet our new Assistants!Jesse Pringle is a working on BA in Music with minors in Religion and WGS. Jesse has experience with research and editorial work. Samiha Charles is a major in Broadcast Journalism. She has an interest in writing and radio reporting and has experience as a video and media producer and editor. Both Jesse and Samiha will be helping the CLAS with its multiple projects and will also work for the Latino Studies Research Initiative projects that CLAS is cosponsoring. Their...

The Many Worlds of Mainland “British Latin America”

The Center for Latin American Studies is Co-Sponsoring this Conference The Rutgers British Studies Center and The Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies present The Many Worlds of Mainland “British Latin America” Scholarship on the Caribbean has transformed our understanding of the modern world by shifting our thinking about fundamental and global historical processes including diaspora, resistance, revolution, culture, genocide, enslavement, systems of gender and race-based labor...

Post-Doctoral Fellow Trowbridge delivered her mock job talk

CLAS Post-doctoral fellow Jennifer Trowbridge presented her job talk to a small group of faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students.  The group focused on helping her develop her presentation for purposes of employment applications. Trowbridge presented a 50 minute talk and heard suggestions from anthropologists, historians and cultural studies specialists about developing the presentation further.

Prof. Flores publishes "Latinidad is Cancelled"

Professor Tatiana Flores recently published "“Latinidad Is Cancelled”: Confronting an Anti-Black Construct" in Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture (July 2021).   "Adopting a hemispheric perspective, this essay problematizes the construct of latinidad by foregrounding how it reproduces Black erasure. I argue that “Latin America,” rather than being a geographical designator, is an imagined community that is Eurocentric to the degree that its conceptual boundaries exclude African diaspora...

Prof. Berg Publishes new book: Migración

Professor Ulla Berg edits a new collection of essays for CLACSO: Migración Coedited with Iréri Ceja and Soledad Álvarez Velasco.  The volume is free and downloadable in PDF format.

Dissertation Defense: Creating Cali

Jazmin Puicon defended her dissertation on October 30th as part of the Ph.D. program in Latin American History.  Her dissertation, "CREATING CALI: THE RISE OF POPULAR DEMOCRACY IN THE CAUCA VALLEY, COLOMBIA DURING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY" engages labor, gender, migration and cultural history to tell the story of how urban workers came to shape and conceive their neighborhoods and class culture.  

Mexican Visual Cultures: Leopoldo Peña

The Department of American Studies is hosting ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow Leopoldo Peña for the current academic year.  Dr. Peña is a professional photographer and a recent Ph.D. from the University of California.  His work focuses on photography during Mexico’s post-revolutionary reconstruction years (1920s -1930s) and how photography was essential to illustrate nationalist projects through which a progressive image of the nation was projected. He shows how photography was more than a visual and...

BLK Latinx Americas xLab Research Workshop

The BLK Latinx Americas xLab is a research hub that organizes and inspires new research activity in Black Latinx and Black Latin American studies. The “x” represents the intersections of race, gender, sexuality with the digital, public, and interdisciplinary. The lab functions as an incubator for new ideas, methods, and praxis. We invite scholars, both graduate students and faculty, from all disciplines in developing interdisciplinary, vertically integrated research projects. The lab seeks to...

Graduate Student in Latin American History, selected as Bard College Fellow

Jazmin Puicon, who will soon be defending her dissertation on Cali, Colombia, has been selected as a CLASP Teaching Fellow at Bard College.  Jazmin works as a Assistant Professor of History at Bard High School Early College in Newark, NJ. "The overarching goal of the CLASP Fellows Program is to develop and foster a commitment to student-centered, writing-rich teaching methods central to liberal arts and sciences education. Each cohort of CLASP Fellows, once trained, will offer intensive...

REUNIÓN DE ANTROPOLOGÍA JURÍDICA BOLIVIANA RAJUB

The Center for Latin American Studies is co-sponsoring a conference organized by the Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas y Arqueológicas of the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés and the Asociación Departamental de Antropólogos de La Paz. For more information visit the Events page.

Recent Protest Movement in Colombia Discussed in Public Forum

On October 14th The Rutgers Center for Latin American Studies sponsored a forum with two specialists on Colombia's contemporary political crisis. Julian Gomez, is a Ph.D. student at the New School University.  He studies the cold war in Colombia. Edilma Suarez, teaches at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.  She is a specialist in public health and participated in the leadership of the National Strike Committee during the 2021 movements. Javier Gonzalez Cortez organized the event.  Javier is a...

Event Examines Crisis in Colombia

Two experts on Colombian politics and society will present their analysis of the recent political crisis in Colombia at the CLAS.  Dr. Edilma Suarez, a health practitioner and political scientists will join Julián Gómez Delgado, a Ph.D. Student in Sociology and Historical Studies at The New School for Social Research. Suarez will speak about “Social Outbreak in Colombia,“Social Outbreak in Colombia: Authoritarianism and Inequality” and Gomez Delgado about "“The Decline of the ‘Centaur State’ and...

New Instructor joins CLAS: Aleman Rodriguez

Professor Gabriel Aleman Portillo is teaching a fully asynchronous and online section of our Introduction to Latin American Studies.  Gabriel is from Puerto Rico and earned his Ph.D. in Culture and Society with a concentration in Latin American History from the University of Barcelona.  His work has focused on intellectuals in the Dominican Republic/Haiti, especially Americo Lugo and Jean Price-Mars.  He brings to the CLAS extensive teaching experience in Puerto Rico including Latin American...

New Grad Student Publication

Ph.D. Student Leo Valdes recently published "In the Shadow of the Health-Care City: Historicizing Trans Latinx Immigrant Experiences during the Coronavirus Pandemic."  Valdes studies twentieth century African American and Latinx history and is working on a social and political history of trans liberation that centers black American and Latinx trans people. Leo Valdes US Latina & Latino Oral History Journal. University of Texas Press. Volume 5, 2021. pp. 32-65 Abstract: This article historicizes the...

CLAS Affiliates named ISGRJ Early Career Faculty Fellows

Professors Matos, Zamora and Barragan were selected to hold a Early Career Faculty Fellowship by the the Rutgers institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice.   Yesenia Barragan Assistant Professor of History, Rutgers–New Brunswick Website Yesenia Barragan is a historian whose research examines the transnational history of race, slavery, and emancipation in Afro-Latin America and the African diaspora in the Americas. She earned her Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. She is a...

Presentation by Prof. Jessica Marie Johnson

Professor Jessica Marie Johnson presented her new book to the Slavery + Freedom Studies Working Group at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice.  Professor Johnson is an Assistant Professor of history at The Johns Hopkins University.  Her celebrated new book, Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World, shows how African women struggled to resist and adapt to enslavement, exploitation and patriarchy.  The book covers a range of cases and archival materials...

Portillo to Speak on Honduras

Professor Suyapa Portillo of Pitzer College will speak about her book: A Story of Gender, Race, and Labor on the North Coast of Honduras.  Portillo is Associate Professor of Chicano/a-Latino/a Transnational Studies.  She is a specialist in Gender and labor history in the Americas; Central American immigrants and migration, Honduras and Hondurans in the US, Central American transnational social movements, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender human rights in Central America.   Among her recent...

Ph.D. Program in Latin American History Starts Semester with Social

Graduate students, recent grads, and faculty in the Latin American history Ph.D. program showed up for a (mostly outdoors) event at the home of Professor Townsend.   

CLAS Faculty Survey

CLAS is carrying out a Faculty Survey If you did not receive the email or had difficulty accessing the survey page on Canvas, please write to us and we will fix your access. CLAS will use this information to improve programing, contact and support for faculty affiliates.

Welcome to La Familia Festival at the CLAC

The Center for Latino Arts and Culture’s Welcome to La Familia is scheduled for Sunday, September 19 from 4-8 PM. Join us in welcoming our students back to campus! The event is our main outreach program in the fall, celebrating Latine culture and ushering in Latino Heritage Month!  The program will feature over two dozen Latinx and multicultural student organizations, dozens of student leaders and hundreds of participating students.  This year, we are excited to present the lively Grupo Rebolu...

Lisette Varon‐Carvajal win National Science Foundation (NSF)

Lisette Varon‐Carvajal (History Ph.D. Program) won a National Science Foundation (NSF) Dissertation Improvement Grant.

Kevin Young Receives his Ph.D. in Latin American History

Kevin C. Young  defended his dissertation (“Subjects, Slaves, and Rebels: The Invisible Indio in Cuba, Kevin C. Young “Subjects, Slaves, and Rebels: The Invisible Indio in Cuba,1750‐1895”) under the direction of Aldo Lauria Santiago and was conferred the Ph.D.

Professor Sean T. Mitchell on Brazil's Bolsonaro

"All of these pressures are looking harder and harder for Bolsonaro to shake, and it’s happening against the shadow of Covid-19 and high unemployment and inflation. “The political scenario is worsening for him, so he’s trying to figure out some way to hold on to power to protect himself,” Sean T. Mitchell, an associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers University, told me last month."

Professor Laura Schneider promoted to Full Professor in the Geography Department

Congratulations to Professor Schneider for her recent promotion. Laura Schneider’s research intersects land systems science and biogeography.  Her research focuses on understanding changes in tropical landscapes using a socio-ecological systems approach. She is interested in measuring forest responses following environmental disturbances, monitoring and modeling tropical deforestation and re-growth, and mapping forest dynamics. Her research shows how tropical secondary forests are resilient to...

Professor Ferreira joins the Geography and Latino & Caribbean Studies Departments

Professor Ferreira recently joined the Departments of Geography and Latino and Caribbean Studies. She works on the intersection of class, race, and gender in Latin American societies, particularly in Brazil, and resulting geographical patterns of racialized uneven economic geographies. She has worked organizing communities of color inside and outside of academia, over the past twenty years and collaborated in a number of popular education projects.  Her current research works with Black women...

Recent Ph.D. Graduate William Kelly named Emerging Voices Fellow in the Urban Humanities

ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowships 2021 Meet ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow William Kelly Emerging Voices FellowCenter for the HumanitiesWashington University in St. LouisPhD, History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick Dissertation: “Revolución es Reconstruir: Housing, Everyday Life, and Revolution in Cuba, 1959-1988”

Prof. Berg appointed to Executive Committee

Welcome to the new members of our Executive Committee. Prof. Berg was named as replacement for Prof. Lauria Santiago, who is now CLAS Director.

CLAS Postdoc Fellow now an Assistant Professor at WUSL

Former Post Doctoral Fellow, Professor Karma Frierson, is now an Assistant Professor in African and African-American Studies at Washington University in Saint Louis.

CLAS is Hiring!

Apply through Rutgers Handshake: The Rutgers Center for Latin American Studies (located on Livingston Campus) is looking to hire a graduate student or advanced undergraduate as assistant. Candidate should be familiar with the field of Latin American Studies and be able to interface and communicate independently with Rutgers administrators, faculty, NJ community organizations, funding agencies and the media. Experience with social media management, project management, supervision of...

Looking for good candidates for our courses

Check out out our Fall 2021 Course listing! Please refer any good candidates for the minor and major to the Director. We will be launching a major recruitment campaign but the best candidates are already in your classes!

New Website Features Coming

Look for our new Website features including faculty books, sister programs, faculty research updates, graduate student directory, and more.

Prof. Aldo Lauria Santiago appointed as incoming Director

Prof. Aldo Lauria Santiago (Latino & Caribbean Studies/History) has been appointed as incoming Director for the Center for Latin American Studies. Look for his welcome message soon.