Latin American Studies
The goal of the Latin American Studies Program is to blend courses across disciplinary boundaries in order to present the Latin American mosaic in all its diverse dimensions.
About the Minor
At Hamilton, Latin American studies offers an intense exploration of the history, culture, and politics of Latin America — the more than 40 nations and independent states that stretch from Mexico and the Caribbean in the north to Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of the Americas. Students are challenged to see this emerging, energetic, and often contradictory region through new eyes. Those who want an immersion in a Latin American culture find ample opportunities to study abroad.
A Sampling of Courses
Literature and Modernity in the Andes
The cultural representations of religion, history, means of transportation, media, photography, etc., provide distinct points of view on how modernity has been perceived in the Andes. This course will introduce students to the recognition of those perspectives by looking closely at novels, short stories, and movies, produced from the 19th century to the present day. This course also will explore the diverse ways in which the intensification of modernity has changed the nature of Andean cultural production itself: its language, style, the narrator’s and characters’ worldviews, etc.
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Meet Our Faculty
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, Acting Director of Latin American Studies
19th-21st century Latino literature and culture
Assistant Professor of History, Director of Latin American Studies
history of science; early modern world; Colonial Latin America; environmental history; intellectual history; digital humanities; history of gender and sexuality; animal studies; genetics and history
Assistant Professor of Music
musical theater, popular music, Latin American music, 20th- and 21st-century music, and popular-classical crossovers
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies
Latin American literature, Mexican literature, and culture and gender studies
Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
household archaeology; Latin America; Mesoamerica; increasing sociopolitical complexity; craft production; public scholarship
Professor of Economics
international economic development and labor economics
Luis Miguel dos Santos Vicente
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
Medieval Iberian literatures and cultures; cross-cultural exchanges; medieval travel writing; Alfonso X of Castile; early modern Spanish travel; autobiography
Jack Martínez Arias
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
Andean indigenous cultures and literature, Latin American literature, Environmental Humanities, and Spanish as a second language
Assistant Professor of Government
comparative politics, Latin American politics, protest and social movements, political violence, and state capacity
Explore Hamilton Stories
Kelly ’21 Studies Belize Border Dispute
Savannah Kelly ’21 conducted research through the Levitt Center on the effects of the Guatemala-Belize border dispute on Belize’s indigenous communities.
Creating Community for Underprivileged Youth
“I want to pay it forward. I want students to have opportunities.” Andres “Fluffy” Aguilar is a fellow at Pomona College, promoting a sense of community among high school students in the college's Academy for Youth Success.
Moving On After a Fulbright is Cut Short
There were (unexpected) lessons learned and knowledge gained during her abbreviated Fulbright Binational Internship in Mexico City, and Micaela Rostov ’19 is determined to make the best of the opportunity cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Careers After Hamilton
Hamilton graduates who took Latin American studies courses are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including:
- Audit Programs Manager, Elysian Energy
- Senior VP of Strategic Marketing, Bank of America
- Research Associate, George Washington University
- Vice President, Global Recruitment, Protis Executive Innovation
Latin American Studies Program
Mackenzie Cooley, Program Director
Clinton, NY 13323