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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 community histories, im/migration, politics, labor, education, language and identity, health, literature, art and performance.
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 Latina/o Studies. A focus on diverse U.S. Latino communities is highly relevant to many professions and careers—including medicine and health, law, social policy, education (community-based, school and adult), government, business and many other areas. A majority of Latina/o Studies Program courses are drawn from anthropology, history, government, English, comparative literature, sociology, performing and media studies, music and other departments across the university which 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.

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

Who are the Latinas/os at Cornell?

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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


Library and
Computer Lab


Located on the 4th floor of Rockefeller Hall, the library and computer lab are great resources for students and faculty.

Latina/o Student Success Office (LSSO)

Located next to Latina/o Studies, the LSSO offers advising, referrals, advocacy and support to all Cornell students.




Faculty Publications

Full Publication List


Seeking Refuge: Central American Migration to Mexico, the United States, and Canada
María Cristina García

The political upheaval in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala had a devastating human toll at the end of the twentieth century. A quarter of a million people died during the period 1974-1996. Many of those who survived the wars chose temporary refuge in neighboring countries such as Honduras and Costa Rica. Others traveled far north, to Mexico, the United States, and Canada in search of safety. Over two million of those who fled Central America during this period settled in these three countries.