Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary major that covers the important region of Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The program promotes intercultural understanding, and offers students an opportunity to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of Latin America in its many aspects and from many different points of view. Participating faculty specialize in political economy, border studies, anthropological approaches, exile studies, as well as Latin American history, literature and film. Coursework in the program offers students a solid foundation in the history, politics, economics, culture, and literature of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Participating Faculty

Melvin (Mel) Jameson, Ph.D.

Office: BEH 520
Mail Code: 6008
Phone: 702-895-1025
Fax: 702-895-4630

Margarita Jara, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish
Office: FDH 535
Mail Code: 5047
Phone: 702-895-1690

Miriam Melton-Villanueva, Ph.D.

Office: WRI-A 310
Phone: 702-895-2492

Francisco Menendez, M.F.A.

Professor of Film
Office: FDH 429
Phone: 702-895-4223

Alicia Rico, Ph.D.

Director of Latin American Studies
Office: FDH 502
Mail Code: 5047
Phone: 702-895-4874

John P. Tuman, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science
Office: WRI-B 218
Mail Code: 5029
Phone: 702-895-3401

Douglas A. Unger

Office: RLL 217
Mail Code: 5011
Phone: 702-895-3405
Fax: 702-895-4801

Jorge Galindo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office: FDH 543
Phone: 702-895-3449


Alicia Rico
Director, Forum for Latin American Studies
Associate Professor, Department of World Languages and Cultures
Mail Code: 5047
Office: FDH, 502
Phone: 702-895-4874