Please click HERE for the list of the Affiliated Faculty who are eligible to serve on students' committees.



Bonnie Taub, Co-Chair, Latin American Studies
Kevin Terraciano, Co-Chair, Latin American Studies

Patricia Arroyo Calderon, Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese
César J. Ayala, Ph.D., Sociology
Stephen A. Bell, Ph.D., Geography, History
Verónica Cortínez, Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese
Robin L.H. Derby, Ph.D., History
David Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D., Medicine
Susanna B. Hecht, Ph.D., Geography, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, Urban Planning
Rubén Hernández-León, Ph.D., Sociology
Elizabeth A. Marchant, Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Gender Studies
Katherine Marino, Ph.D., History
Cecilia Menjivar, Ph.D., Sociology
José Luiz Passos, Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese
Bonnie Taub, Ph.D., Public Health
Kevin B. Terraciano, Ph.D., History
Fernando Perez-Montesinos, Ph.D., History
Jennifer Osorio, University Librarian, ex officio affiliate

Our Students

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Alexis Castaneda

Geography and Spanish B.A., UC Santa Barbara

Hometown: Apple Valley, CA

Alexis studied Geography and Spanish at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is particularly interested in transportation patterns and policies in Latin America. After concluding her studies at UCLA, Alexis would like to work as a Transportation Planning Consultant with ITDP, an international non-profit organization focusing on equitable and sustainable transportation projects around the world. Her dream job would focus on consulting in Latin America, specifically Mexico City. In addition to academic interests, Alexis' two main hobbies are photography and fashion.


Miriam Espinoza

Latin American Studies Departmental Scholar

Hometown: Michoacán, México and South Central Los Angeles, CA

I was born and raised in Michoacán, México until the age of 10 then migrated to the US where South Central LA has become my home. I am a Departmental Scholar pursuing a B.A. in Spanish; Latin American Studies; Spanish Linguistics Minor and a M.A. in Latin American Studies here at UCLA. My research interests constitute of the Mexican War on Drugs, Drug Trade Organizations (DTOs), and organized crime violence. I plan to apply to a PhD program in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations upon completion of my degrees. I enjoy spending time with friends, dancing folklórico, and eating street food.


Andrew Flores-Rodriquez

Latin American Studies B.A., UCLA

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

I am Los Angeles born and raised and was a UCLA undergraduate in Latin American Studies. My research interests broadly include human rights and sexual reproductive rights in LGBT communities in Latin America as well as the history of ideas of gender in the context of masculinity. My hobbies include going to the gym, running outdoors, watching movies and going to new interesting places to meet great and exciting people. I am also enthusiastic about trying new foods and am excited to travel the world. I believe in the phrase, "think globally, act locally" and I hope that when I graduate UCLA I can have a fulfilling career in the field of LGBT rights. 


Mandie Nuanes

History B.A., Whittier College

Hometown: Whittier, CA

I am from Whittier California and I completed my undergraduate degree in History with an emphasis in Colonial Latin America and a minor in Gender Studies at Whittier College. I take a specific interest in the liminal spaces Mexican women occupy when it comes to their reproductive rights. I have and will continue to focus my research on the mechanization of the Mexican female body. After UCLA I plan to travel more of Latin America, pursue a career as a professor of History or Gender Studies or any combination of the two, and continue to conduct research and write. On my free time I enjoy reading, traveling, listing to a wide range of music, and drinking lots of coffee.


Addison Woolsey

Latin American and Caribbean Studies B.A., McGill University

Hometown: Seattle, WA

I received my B.A. from McGill University in 2015, where I majored in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Since then, I have worked as a translator and ceramic artist in Mexico, where I was a long-term artist-in-residence from 2016 to 2019 at Taller Mono Rojo (Mexico City) and studied traditional firing techniques in Santa María Atzompa (Oaxaca). My ceramic work examines how ceramic materials and processes can express ecological relations in ways that exceed language. 

At UCLA, I plan to research how artists and anthropologists in Latin America are responding to the climate crisis. I’m particularly interested in the political implications of the ontological turn in anthropology (Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Eduardo Kohn, Marisol de la Cadena) and the ways in which the disciplines of art and anthropology interact in the work of a group of contemporary Mexican artists whose production gestures towards non-textual, plastic ethnographic practices (Eduardo Abaroa, Lorena Ancona, Jorge Satorre, Noé Martínez, Aleph Escobedo). 





             Magda Yamamoto, Academic Counselor
          UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
          Office of Academic Advising
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          Tel: 310-206-6571

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