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Latinas/os are reshaping the United States, the Americas and beyond, and transforming the landscape of higher education. Humanities and social science scholars affiliated with the Latina/o Studies Program at Cornell focus on diverse Latino communities in the United States, and engage questions about Latino histories, immigration, politics, labor, literature, art, education, language, religion, and more.

Drawn to the excitement of an emergent academic and interdisciplinary field of study, undergraduate and graduate students from many different majors are choosing to minor in Latino Studies. A majority of Latina/o Studies Program courses are drawn from anthropology, history. literature, and sociology, but other departments across the university offer courses that are cross-listed with the program.

The Latina/o Studies Program undergraduate and graduate minor is available to all students in any college at Cornell.  A Brief History


The Latina/o Studies Program encompasses a dynamic community of students, faculty, and staff from many different backgrounds who are intellectually engaged in the most important issues of the day in the diverse Latino communities of the United States. Our growing curriculum is attracting more and more students each year.

Sofia Villenas, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Director, Latino Studies Program

The Latina/o Student Success Office (LSSO)

Who are the Latinas/os at Cornell?

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                                                                Diversity at Cornell

Research Grants for Students

Research grants are available to graduate and undergraduate students on a competitive basis.  Among undergraduates, preference is given to those whose work ultimately aims at enhancing understanding and knowledge of the Latina/o experience in the United States.  Graduate students whose work will result in a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation are favored.

Latina/o Studies list-serve

Latino-l is the list-serve of the Latino Studies Program at Cornell University. The list-serve is meant for intellectual exchange and to communicate information about upcoming academic and social events of interest to both Latino and non-Latino students, faculty, administrators, etc. both on and off campus.

To subscribe to the Latino-l list-serve, send an e-mail message to The body of the message should be:

Join "your name"

Questions: e-mail


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Faculty Publications

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Medicalizing Ethnicity

Medicalizing Ethnicity
Vilma Santiago-Irizarry

Medicalizing Ethnicity shows how commendable intentions can produce unintended consequences. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in three bilingual, bicultural psychiatric programs for Latino patients New York City, Santiago-Irizarry shows how the introduction of "cultural sensitivity" led doctors to construct essentialized, composite versions of Latino ethnicity in their drive to treat mental illness with sensitivity.