table of course offerings 2018-19
FALL 2018
LALS 1 Introduction to Latin American & Latino Studies Arredondo
LALS 90 Contemporary Brazil Pinho
LALS 95 Undergraduate Research Seminar Ruiz
LALS 100 Concepts & Theories in Latin American & Latino Studies Patel
LALS 122 Media & Nationalism Rivas
LALS 143J Global Political Economy (taught in Spanish) Estrella
LALS 171 Brazil in Black & White (taught in Portuguese) Pinho
LALS 172 Visualizing Human Rights Falcón
LALS 180 Borders: Real & Imagined Patel
LALS 194R Violencia Cotidiana en las Americas (taught in Spanish) Rivas
LALS 1 Introduction to Latin American & Latino Studies Patel
LALS 30 Social Movements in Latin America Illescas
LALS 80F Latinos in the US: A Comparative Perspective M. Ramirez
LALS 100A Social Science Analytics Taft
LALS 143 Race & Ethnicity Patel
LALS 152 Consumer Cultures Between the Americas Rivas
LALS 157 Las Revoluciones Sociales (taught in Spanish) Balloffet
LALS 169 South America: History, Society, and Culture Erbig
LALS 194X Extractivism & Socio-Environmental Conflicts in the Americas Leiva
LALS 5 Introduction to Human Rights & Social Justice Falcón
LALS NEW TBD (film and dictatorship class)
LALS 80E Latin American Philosophy Rasmus
LALS 100B Cultural Theory in the Americas Pinho
LALS 124 Brazilian Cinema Seara
LALS 133 Latina/o Art & Representation M. Ramirez
LALS 158 Latin American Political Economy Leiva
LALS NEW The Americas Balloffet
LALS 170 Indigenous Struggles in the Americas Erbig
LALS 178 Gender, Transnationalism, and Globalization Patel
LALS 194B NEW senior seminar on Global Migration Balloffet
LALS 194D New senior seminar TBD Ramirez

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Ismael Fabricio Illescas
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
    • Sociology Department
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Crown College Admin Building, #219
  • Mail Stop Merrill College

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. Latin American and Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz, in progress

M.A. Latin American and Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz 2018

B.A. Sociology (Cum Laude), UC Santa Barbara 2013

Honors, Awards and Grants

Latino Museum Studies Fellow, Smithsonian Latino Center 2017

Multi-Campus Graduate Working Grant Recipient, University of California, Humanities Research Institute 2015-2016


Selected Publications

Gomez, Jonathan D., Jorge Ramirez, and Ismael F. Illescas. "Cedric J. Robinson, Modest Audacity, and the Black Radical Tradition." Kalfou 3, no. 2 (2016).

Teaching Interests

Previous Teaching Assistant experience:

Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies

Latin American Childhoods

Concepts and Theories in Latin American and Latino Studies

Social Science Analytics

Social Movements in Latin America

Cultural Theory in the Americas 

Media and Nationalism