The Latin American Institute provides an institutional base of support for UCLA's community of faculty Latin Americanists in more than thirty disciplines and professional fields in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, fine arts, and professions who conduct research and teach on Latin America and its role in the world.

These scholars have an international reputation for the excellence of their research, teaching, publications and service. A group of approximately 70 faculty members devote the major part of their research and teaching activity to Latin America, advise Latin American Studies students, and server on Interdepartmental Degree committees. Their contributions to the Latin American Institute include committee service, fundraising, hosting guests, and moderating public programs.

African American Studies

Ugo Edu

Keywords:Gender, Public Health, Brazil, Science, Medicine, Racism


H. Clark Barrett

Keywords:Latin America, Ecuador, Amazonia, Venezuela

Carole Browner

Keywords:Latin America, Comparative Latin America

Jason De León


Christopher Donnan

Keywords:Peru, Andean Region

Justin Dunnavant

Keywords:Archaeology, African Diaspora, Black Atlantic, Caribbean

Molly Fox

Keywords:Latin America, Women's Studies, Mexico

Linda Garro


Allen Johnson

Keywords:Latin America, Labor, Cultural anthropology, Social anthropology

Richard Lesure

Keywords:Mexico, Central America, Ecuador

Jessica Lynch

Keywords:Biological anthropology, Environment, Amazonia

Jemima Pierre


Dwight Read


Shannon Speed

Keywords:Africa, Latin America, Politics, Development, Brazil, Social anthropology , Biological anthropology, African Diaspora, Mexico, Comparative Latin America

Charles Stanish

Keywords:Archaeology, Peru, Bolivia, Andean Region

Thomas Wake

Keywords:Archaeology, Caribbean


Rodrigo Valenzuela

Keywords:Art, Chile

Art History

Cecelia Klein


David Kunzle

Keywords:Latin America, Art, Art History, Cuba

Stella Nair

Keywords:Andean Region

Thiago Sevilhano Puglieri

Keywords:Brazil, Art History, Archaeology

Charlene Villaseñor Black

Keywords:Latin America, Mexico

César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies

Leisy Abrego

Keywords:Central America, Immigration

Karina Alma

Keywords:Latin America, Central America

Eric Avila

Keywords:Latin America, Mexico

Judith F. Baca


Maylei Blackwell

Keywords:Latin America, Mexico

Helen Burgos-Ellis

Keywords:Latin America, Mexico

Alicia Gaspar De Alba


Audrey Harris

Keywords:Gender, Film, Literature, Mexico

Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda


Reynaldo Macias

Keywords:Education, Language

María Cristina Pons

Keywords:Mexico, Argentina

Martha Ramirez-Oropeza


Robert Chao Romero


Otto Santa Ana


Abel Valenzuela


Chris Zepeda-Millán

Keywords:Latin America, Immigration

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Miguel Garcia Garibay


Comparative Literature

Efraín Kristal


David Geffen School of Medicine

Elizabeth Barnert

Keywords:Human Rights, El Salvador, Immigration

Ines Boechat

Keywords:Brazil, Medicine, Women's Studies, AIDS

Edwin L. Cooper, PhD, ScD


Judith Currier


Jaime G. Deville

Keywords:Health, Medicine, Peru

Patrick Dowling


David Hayes-Bautista


Reza Jarrahy

Keywords:Latin America, Guatemala

Jorge Lazareff, M.D.

Keywords:Latin America

Karin Nielsen


Michael A. Rodríguez

Keywords:Health, Medicine, Comparative Latin America, Immigration

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Donald Buth


Malcolm Gordon


Henry Hespenheide

Keywords:Costa Rica

Nathan Kraft

Keywords:Brazil, Environment, Ecuador, Costa Rica

Park Nobel

Keywords:Latin America, Mexico

Thomas Smith

Keywords:Africa, Latin America, UCLA, Environment, Ecuador

Arthur Winer

Keywords:Latin America, Public Health

Felipe Zapata

Keywords:Latin America, Environment


Ariel Burstein

Keywords:Latin America

Arnold C. Harberger

Keywords:Latin America, Mexico, Chile

Hugo Hopenhayn

Keywords:Economics, Latin America, Comparative Latin America

Juliana Londoño-Vélez

Keywords:Economics, Latin America, Argentina, Colombia

Rosa Matzkin

Keywords:Latin America, Comparative Latin America

Rodrigo Pinto

Keywords:Economics, Brazil, Poverty Reduction, Mexico

Aaron Tornell

Keywords:Economics, Latin America, Economic Theory, Mexico


Elizabeth DeLoughrey

Keywords:Environment, Caribbean

Marissa K. López

Keywords:Latin America, Literature


Justo Almario

Keywords:Latin America, Colombia, Cuba

Kenny Burrell

Keywords:Latin America, Comparative Latin America

Paul De Castro

Keywords:Latin America, Cuba

Jesús Guzmán


Steven Loza

Keywords:Latin America, Brazil, Music, Mexico, Cuba

Anthony Seeger


Gender Studies

Joshua Javier Guzmán

Keywords:Los Angeles, Gender

Elizabeth Marchant

Keywords:Comparative Latin America


Stephen Bell

Keywords:Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay

Judith Carney

Keywords:Geography, Africa, Gender, UCLA, Globalization, African Diaspora, Women's Studies, Environment, Black Atlantic, Agricultural Development, Mexico

Thomas Gillespie

Keywords:Mexico, Central America

Hartmut Walter

Keywords:Brazil, Mexico, Central America

Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Patricia Gándara


David G. García

Keywords:History, Immigration, Theatre

Sylvia Hurtado

Keywords:Latin America, Education, Mexico

José Felipe Martínez

Keywords:Latin America, Education

John Richardson

Keywords:Central America

Lucrecia Santibañez

Keywords:Education, Language Proficiency, Immigration

Daniel Solorzano


Carlos Alberto Torres

Keywords:Latin America, Politics, Education, Brazil, Sociology, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba

Concepcion Valadez

Keywords:Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay


Andrew Apter

Keywords:Africa, History, Cultural anthropology, African Diaspora, Black Atlantic

Robin Derby

Keywords:Latin America, African Diaspora, Black Atlantic

Robert A. Hill

Keywords:Africa, Latin America, Religion, History, African Diaspora, Cuba, Caribbean

Peter James Hudson

Keywords:Latin America, History, African Diaspora, Caribbean, Racism

Kelly Lytle Hernandez


Katherine Marino

Keywords:Latin America, Gender

Glenn Penny

Keywords:Latin America, History, Comparative Latin America, Immigration

Fernando Pérez Montesinos

Keywords:Environment, Mexico

Carla Pestana

Keywords:History, Caribbean

William Summerhill


Kevin Terraciano

Keywords:Latin America, History, Mexico

James W. Wilkie

Keywords:Globalization, History, Mexico, Bolivia


Pamela Munro

Keywords:Mexico, Paraguay

Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics

Larry Simpson



Arturo O'Farrill

Keywords:Latin America, Music, Mexico, Cuba

Walter Ponce

Keywords:Latin America, Mexico, Comparative Latin America


Cesar Favila

Keywords:Music, Mexico

Elisabeth Le Guin

Keywords:Music, Mexico

Tamara Levitz


Political Science

Matt Barreto

Keywords:Politics, Latinos in the US

Barbara Geddes

Keywords:Southern Cone

Anthony Pagden

Keywords:Latin America, Comparative Latin America

Margaret Peters

Keywords:Politics, Globalization, Immigration

Raymond Rocco

Keywords:Mexico, Central America, Costa Rica


Tiffany Brannon

Keywords:Latin America, Racism

Patricia Greenfield


School of Nursing

Maria Elena Ruiz


Social Welfare

Rosina Becerra


Amy Ritterbusch

Keywords:Outreach, Human Rights

Carlos Santos

Keywords:Education, Children and the Family, Racism

Fernando Torres-Gil



Cesar Ayala


Rubén Hernández-León

Keywords:Latin America, Mexico, Immigration, Migrations

Cecilia Menjívar

Keywords:Gender, Law, Children and the Family, Central America, Immigration, Migrations, immigration laws and enforcement, Immigrant “il/legality,”

Vilma Ortiz

Keywords:Mexico, Latinos in the US

Andrés Villarreal

Keywords:Public Health, Immigration, Racism, Emigration

Roger Waldinger

Keywords:Immigration, Migrations, Emigration, Assimilation, Integration, Citizenship, National identity

Spanish and Portuguese

Patricia Arroyo Calderón

Keywords:Central America

Adriana Bergero

Keywords:Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay

Hector Calderon


Greg Cohen

Keywords:Film, Brazil, Argentina

Verónica Cortinez

Keywords:Mexico, Chile

Jose Cruz-Salvadores

Keywords:Comparative Latin America

John Dagenais

Keywords:Latin America, Comparative Latin America

Luz María De La Torre


Juliet Falce-Robinson


Randal Johnson

Keywords:Latin America, Film, Brazil

Ji Young Kim

Keywords:Language, Language Proficiency, Linguistics

Patrícia Lino


Victoria Mateu

Keywords:Latin America, Language Proficiency, Linguistics

Jorge Marturano


José Luiz Passos


Susan Plann


A. Carlos Quícoli


Stephen "Kip" Tobin

Keywords:Latin America, Literature, Mexico

Jesus Torrecilla


Maarten Van Delden

Keywords:Latin America, Mexico

Maite Zubiaurre

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Felipe Caro

Keywords:Latin America, Chile

Christian Dippel

Keywords:Economics, Economic History, Caribbean

Sebastian Edwards

Keywords:Latin America, Mexico, Chile

Edward Leamer

Keywords:Economics, China, Economic Theory, Econometrics, Mexico, Argentina

Eduardo Schwartz

Keywords:Latin America, Comparative Latin America

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Julia Bailey

Keywords:Public Health, Health, Medicine

Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez

Keywords:Brazil, Mexico

James Macinko

Keywords:Public Health, Brazil

Anne Pebley

Keywords:India, Tibet, Guatemala

Samuel Stratton

Keywords:Public Health, Health, Immigration

Bonnie Taub

Keywords:Mexico, Guatemala, Uruguay

Jane Valentine

Keywords:Public Health, Health, Environment, Mexico

Arturo Bustamante


UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

Victor H. Narro

Keywords:Los Angeles, Labor, Immigration

Gaspar Rivera Salgado

Keywords:Labor, Mexico, Immigration

Janna Shadduck-Hernández


UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Amada Armenta

Keywords:Mexico, Immigration, Racism

Stephen Commins

Keywords:Africa, Gender, Development, India, Globalization, Human Capital Development, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), Poverty Reduction, Governance, Mexico

Susanna Hecht

Keywords:Geography, Latin America, Development, Brazil, Mexico, Central America, Bolivia

Veronica Herrera

Keywords:Latin America, Comparative Latin America

Paavo Monkkonen

Keywords:China, Japan, Mexico

Manisha Shah

Keywords:Indonesia, India, Mexico, Ecuador

Michael Storper


Chris Tilly

Keywords:Latin America, Mexico, Comparative Latin America

UCLA School of Law

Joseph Berra

Keywords:Human Rights, Central America, El Salvador, Immigration

Laura E. Gómez

Keywords:Latin America, Law, Mexico, Central America, Immigration

Maximo Langer

Keywords:Latin America, Argentina

Peter L. Reich

Keywords:Religion, Law, Mexico

Richard Steinberg

Keywords:Latin America, Law

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

Maria Elena De Las Carreras


Kristy Guevara-Flanagan

Keywords:Gender, Film, Latinos in the US

Chon Noriega


Jose Luis Valenzuela


Edit Villarreal


Fabián Wagmister

Keywords:Latin America

World Arts and Cultures/Dance

Donald J. Cosentino

Keywords:Africa, Dance, Art, Religion, Humanities, Language, Literature, African Diaspora, Black Atlantic, Cuba

David Delgado Shorter

Keywords:Latin America, Cultural anthropology, Cultural Studies, Mexico

Alex Ungprateeb Flynn

Keywords:Latin America, Art, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina

Patrick Polk