The UCLA Latin American Institute is a vital regional, national, and international resource on Latin America. Since its founding in 1959, the LAI has equipped generations of leaders, professionals, and students with the information and skills required for understanding the vast and complex region of Latin America. The LAI supports research by funding grants and foreign-language instruction, and disseminates recent scholarship through conferences, workshops, public programs, teacher training, and publications.


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Bringing a transnational approach to the study of Mexico

The new director of the Center for Mexican Studies, Gaspar Rivera-Salgado...

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Amazonia in crisis

The Amazon rain forest is in crisis, but Indigenous land-use practices...

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César J. Ayala y Laird W. Bergad ganan el Premio Manuel Moreno Fraginals de la AHEC

"El pasado 2 de noviembre, el jurado del Premio Manuel Moreno...



Fieldwork in Guatemala sheds light on global health work

“It was a really great first-hand experience to see how a public health program is implemented in a country with limited resources and hard-to-reach communities,” said Mia Giordano of her fieldwork in Guatemala last summer.

Jorge Marturano brings a broader perspective to Caribbean culture

Under the leadership of literary scholar Jorge Marturano, the Program on Caribbean Studies has explored the region through the web of relationships that connect Carbibbean nations with Central and South America, including their shared Afro Descendant culture.

UCLA International Institute receives $8 million in federal funding

Six centers of the institute have been awarded Title VI funding for area and/or language studies at UCLA.

Celebrating International Women's Day 2022: Verónica Zavala Jacobo

Verónica Zavala Jacobo grew up between Mexico and the U.S. with parents who were seasonal farmworkers. She came late to formal education, but once she began, there was no stopping the gifted student. Now in a Ph.D. program at UCLA, she has already completed a B.A. in social work and an M.A. in Latin American studies.

Gaspar Rivera-Salgado cited on union election in Mexico

Feb 3, 2022. “For me, it's a watershed moment. It's not any plant, it's GM, a national corporation with plants in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico,” said Gaspar Rivera-Salgado, director of the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies, said to the Wall Street Journal regarding the recent election of a new, independent workers' union in a GM plant in central Mexico. “It opens the door and the possibility for big changes in Mexico.”
Stronger labor protection provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement of 2018 and the consequent reform of Mexican labor laws in 2019 made the election of the new union possible. The Los Angeles Times reported (Feb 4), "Gaspar Rivera-Salgado ... described the vote as test for the Mexican government to organize fair elections and ensure 'that workers have the right to choose free from coercion.'”