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  • Robin Derby: Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1997
    French and Spanish Caribbean, especially the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and Puerto Rico
  • Katherine Marino: Ph.D., Stanford University, 2013
    Twentieth-century U.S. and Latin American History; Histories of Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Race in the Americas; Human Rights; and Transnational Feminism
    310-825-4570; kmarino@history.ucla.edu
  • Fernando Pérez Montesinos: Ph.D., Georgetown University, 2015
    Social, Economic, and Political Transformations of Mexico and Latin America in the second half of the 19h-century and the Early 20th century, with an emphasis on indigenous people, land tenure, land-use, commodities, and the environment  310-825-0874; fperez@history.ucla.edu
  • Elizabeth O'Brien
  • William SummerhillPh.D., Stanford University, 1995
    Modern and Colonial Brazil and the Atlantic; Political Economy, Sovereign Debt and Finance, Human Capital, Railroads and Infrastructure, Inequality
  • Kevin Terraciano: Ph. D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1994
    Latin American History, especially Mexico and the Indigenous Cultures and Languages of Central and Southern Mexico (especially Nahuatl, Mixtec, and Zapotec) in the Colonial Period

Emeritus Faculty

  • Jose Moya: Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1988
    Latin American History - Buenas Aires
  • James WilkiePh.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1966 
    Latin America and Globalization since the 20th Century, Oral Memoirs of Leaders in Mexico, Bolivia, Costa Rica, and Venezuela, Elitelore 
    310-825-4569; james.wilkie@att.net

Affiliated Faculty

  • Aisha Finch (African American Studies): Ph.D., New York University, 2007
    Comparative Slavery; Political and Intellectual Movements in Cuba, Latin America, and the African Diaspora; Gender Ideologies in the Caribbean, and Black Feminist Thought
    310-206-1669; akfinch@ucla.edu
  • Kelly Lytle Hernández: Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2002
    Race, Immigration, and Mass Incarceration
    310-825-3884; hernandez@history.ucla.edu
  • Peter J. Hudson: Ph.D., New York University, 2007
    20th-Century U.S. Political-Economic, Business, and Cultural History; History of Capitalism; Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism; Caribbean; Pan-Africanism and African Diaspora 
    310-825-2347; pjhudson@ucla.edu
  • Carla Pestana: Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1987
    Caribbean History; English Conquest of Jamaica
    310-825-1883; cgpestana@history.ucla.edu


Latin American History at UCLA is widely recognized for its excellence. The Latin America field provides one of

the most diverse and wide-ranging programs available anywhere. Both its regular faculty and visiting scholars offer undergraduate and graduate courses that cover alltime periods, all of the major regions of Latin America, and a wide variety of methodological and thematic specialties. UCLA's University Research Library provides extensive source materials both in print and on microform. Students also draw upon the rich collections at all of the University of California campuses. Resources for field research include external and internal grants from both the Center for Latin American Studies and UCLA's International Studies and Overseas Programs. The faculty and students are heavily involved in the myriad activities provided by the Program on Mexico and the Program on Brazil, both of which administer distinguished speakers series during the academic year.

Program Requirements

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