Welcome to the Latin American History home page at FIU!
The Department of History's track on Latin America is supported by Cabralmap the exceptional depth and reputation of the faculty, thoughtful mentoring, and exciting research areas. It is further strengthened by the University's comprehensive commitment to the study of Latin America and the Caribbean, and by Miami's extraordinary array of cultures, stretching from Mexico to Argentina.
Links in this page provide information on the application process, sources of financial support, institutional resources, and the doctoral examinations.
FIU's master's and doctoral programs in History offer a concentration on Latin America. The master's degree provides a strong foundation for professional or further academic work, while the doctoral program's emphasis on the Atlantic world affords Latin American concentrators the opportunities to pursue cross-cultural research.
The Latin American track in the Department of History's graduate program at FIU is regarded as having one of the nation's strongest representations of faculty dedicated full-time to Latin America. The graduate track in Latin America serves as an intellectual nerve center ofchichen the Department of History's comparative doctoral preparation. The Latin American component provides students with breadth across time and space in general courses and thematic focus in seminars.
Requirements for the Master's and Ph.D. programs, along with graduate courses are available from the on-line catalog. Beyond the faculty in History, students have at their disposal one of the country's richest set of courses on Latin America spanning the social science and humanities.
FIU's commitment to Latin American Studies isBorges reflected in the exceptional strengths found in Latin American History. You're invited to explore our program, links to Latin American resources at FIU and financial support.
The Latin American Concentration
Students concentrating on Latin America work with some of the most highly respected scholars in the nation. The Latin American concentration serves as an intellectual nerve center of the Department's doctoral program in Atlantic History. It affords students courses that cut across time and space through the seminars' innovative thematic approaches.
Students explore some of the most exciting developments in the field, including nation-building, environmental history, demographic transitions, race and group identities, family and society, the development of the state, and gender relations.
FIU's commitment to Latin America is reflected in its exceptional strengths in the Department of History and the curricular opportunities beyond the Department across the social science and humanities. In addition, the University's Latin American & Caribbean Center serves as a hub of scholarly activities and funding sources.
|Faculty Expertise||Grants, Honors|
|N. David Cook, Texas '73 Professor: Colonial Andes; Ethnohistory; Historical demography||ACLS, Guggenheim, Mellon, Wenner-Gren, Ford, Fulbright, Doherty|
|Sherry Johnson, Florida '95, Associate Professor: 18th-19th Caribbean; Cuba; Women; Environmental||Mellon, Wilgus, Vance, Kislak Prize, Cabrera Prize, NEH|
|Bianca Premo, UNC '01, Assoc. Professor. Childhood, Gender, Legal History, Colonial Peru, Mexico)||Burkhardt, NEH, ACLS, Fulbright, Ford Foundation, American Philosophical Society|
|Mark D. Szuchman, Texas '76 Professor: 19th-20th Southern Cone; Family; Urban; Nation-building||Fulbright, NEH, SSRC, Doherty, Fulbright-Hays, Conference Prize, PCCLAS Prize|
|Victor Uribe, Pittsburgh '92 Associate Professor: 18th-19th Colombia; Mexico; Legal; Nation-building||Mellon, Fulbright, Tibesar Prize, NEH|
No other area in the United States offers a richer or more varied Latin American environment than Greater Miami. The numerous galleries specializing in Latin American artists reflect the region's role as a center of artistic exchange in the Americas. The musical setting encompasses salsa to symphony, zapateo to tango. A fully bilingual population melds the language of Borges and García Marquez seamlessly with that of Hemingway and Hiassen.
Spanish and Portuguese language films are seen on a regular basis. Restaurants and cafés serve foods ranging from the zestful tastes of Mexico to the beef and pasta of Argentina. Daily newspapers and publications from throughout Latin America add to the vibrancy of the region's political, social, and economic environments.
Graduate Assistantships are available from the Department of History on a competitive basis. Graduate assistantship provide a stipend and tuition waivers. Assistantships for students in the PhD program provide support throughout the 12 months of the calendar year. Students in the MA program are covered for the academic year (Fall and Spring). In addition, history graduate students in the Latin American concentration have been successful in competing for fellowships offered through the Latin American & Caribbean Center from various sources, including the Mellon Foundation, the Foreign Language and Areas Studies program of the Department of Education, and the Organization of American States, among others. For additional information, consult the College of Arts and Sciences' Graduate Support page.
The Green Library. The eight-story Steven and Dorothea Green Library, completed in 1998, towers above the University Park campus. With its state-of-the-art electronic and networking capabilities, the library offers some of the most advanced text retrieval mechanisms in the State of Florida. FIU's library forms part of the powerful consortium of Florida libraries, the FCLA. The holdings on Latin America are significant. Moreover, the history collection stands as the Latin American collection's strongest component, with special strengths on Argentina, Mexico, Peru, and the Levi Marrero manuscript collection on colonial Cuba.
The Latin American & Caribbean Center. LACC is a federally supported National Resource Center for language and area studies. LACC supports research and training endeavors through its grants and fellowship programs. LACC-LOGOThe Latin American History faculty and graduate students have benefited from a long-standing collaboration ranging from co-sponsorship of seminars and conferences to curricular activities. In addition, LACC serves as the meeting ground for many of the latinamericanist faculty from throughout the College of Arts and Sciences, further enhancing the students' academic experiences.
The Cuban Research Institute. The CRI was established in 1991 by the Provost of Florida International University (FIU) upon the recommendation of a faculty CRIlogocommittee, so as to fulfill, in thearea of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, the University's three-fold mission: research, teaching, and service. As the largest institution of public higher education in southern Florida, FIU (a part of the State University System of Florida) has unique obligations and opportunities in developing Cuba-related programs. The CRI has secured significant external funds and served as the editorial site Cuban Studies, the field's leading journal.