The Department of History's track on Latin America is supported by the exceptional depth and reputation of the faculty and the wide range of research areas open to students. Latin Americanist faculty specialize in a wide range of thematic areas. The concentration 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.
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; cafés serve foods ranging from the zestful tastes of Mexico to the beef and pasta of Argentina. A fully bilingual population melds the language of Borges and García Márquez seamlessly with that of Hemingway and Hiassen.
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 with expertise in the region, with awarding-winning, internationally recognized scholars whose expertise reaches from Bahia to Havana to Seville.
There are multiple resources—both institutional and intellectual—at FIU for students interested in Latin American history, only a few of which are highlighted here. Latin Americanist specialists populate almost every department in the humanities and social sciences, and scholars interested in the region are especially numerous in programs such as African and African Diaspora Studies and Political and International Relations.
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. The 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 faculty from throughout the College of Arts and Sciences, further enhancing the students' academic experiences. In addition to the above resources, many of our students are 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.
The Cuban Research Institute. The CRI was established in 1991 by the Provost of Florida International University (FIU) upon the recommendation of a faculty. 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 of Cuban Studies, the field's leading journal.
The Green Library. University 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. Of special note within Special Collections are the Levi Marrero manuscript collection on colonial Cuba, and the Díaz Ayala Music Collection.