LALS Research Groups


Merrill College, Casa Latina 831.459.3789

Established in 1992 with funds from the UC Office of the President and funded by other grants, this multidisciplinary center supports campus research related to Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Latin American issues. Topics include the local impacts of globalization, transnational migration and transculturation; comparative race and ethnicity in the Americas; issues related to gender and sexuality; border studies; and representation in media, literature and popular culture.

Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students participate in regular public seminars and lectures. The CLRC funds collaborative faculty and graduate student research initiatives as well as URAP, a new undergraduate research apprenticeship program. The Center supports research clusters; sponsors conferences, a colloquium series, and visiting scholars program; publishes a yearly newsletter and a working paper series.


The CineMedia Project (CMP) is a non-circulating research archive dedicated to the study of Latin American and Latino film and video. The CMP books, journals, film, video, dvd and equipment holdings are located in Crown College, rooms 205 and 206. The collections are open to UCSC faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates. Non-campus users of the facility are invited to become CineMedia Project Associates. For more information, please contact the Latin American and Latino Studies Department at 459-4284.