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The Department of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies offers classes in the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas.

Department News

Congratulations to our student award winners:

Outstanding Westhampton College Student: Isabel Benevenuti
Outstanding Richmond College Student: Zachary Stewart
Outstanding Teacher Assistant: Sabrina Cabezas
Outstanding Services to the Community: Jane Schmidt

LALIS Feature Stories

Faculty Highlights

  • Vazquez and Wright Article

    LALIS professor Karina Vazquez and University Museums' Martha Wright published "Making Visible the Invisible: Social Justice and Inclusion through the Collaboration of Museus and Spanish Community-Based Learning Projects," in the Southern Conference on Language Teaching's journal Dimension.

  • Vazquez Book Chapter

    Dr. Karina Vazquez contributed the chapter, "La poética visual en La sueñera (1984), de Ana María Shua," to the book Minificción y nanofilología: latitudes de la hiperbrevedad.

  • Mendez Presentation

    Dr. Mariela Mendez was invited to lead a seminar on a chapter from her book, at an event organized by Centro de Investigación y Documentación of Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago de Chile,

  • Feldman Book

    Dr. Sharon Feldman published The Limits of Silence: The Censorship of Catalan Theatre during Francoism.

  • Ferman Service Award

    Dr. Claudia Ferman was recently recgonized for 25 years of service to the University of Richmond.

  • Ferman Film

    Dr. Claudia Ferman recently screened her short film, "LASA, 50 Years of Continuous Dialogue and Action,” at the United Nations.

  • Ferman Appointment

    Dr. Claudia Ferman has been elected to the Executive Council for the Latin American Studies Association, the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America.

  • Feldman Appointment

    Dr. Sharon Feldman was elected “corresponding member” of the Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona (the Royal Academy of Good Letters of Barcelona), January 2015.

  • Mendez de Coudriet Publications

    Dr. Mariela Mendez de Coudriet saw recent publication of two co-edited books, Un libro quemado and Escrituras a ras del suelo: crónica latinoamericana del siglo xx as well as articles in Redes, alianzas y afinidades. Mujeres y escritura en América Latina and the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Scholarship Repository Readership

The University of Richmond's Scholarship Repository shares faculty publications with a world-wide audience. The map below shows where articles from LALIS faculty are being read around the globe.


UR Learning Abroad: Gwen Setterberg,

UR Learning Abroad: Gwen Setterberg, '15

UR Learning Abroad: Gwen Setterberg, ’15 discusses her academic year in Brazil and how living abroad gave new meaning and understanding to the music she loves to perform.

Latin American and Iberian Studies: Práctica Oral

Latin American and Iberian Studies: Práctica Oral

In Práctica Oral, University of Richmond students learn Spanish through small group conversation. These interactive and fast-paced sessions are led by fellow undergraduate students who serve as assistant teachers.

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Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Department of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies
University of Richmond
211 Richmond Way
Carole Weinstein International Center
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 484-1543
Fax: (804) 484-1544

Department Chair: Angel Otero-Blanco
Administrative Coordinator: Michele Mauney
Director of Community-Based Learning: Karina Vazquez
Director of Spanish Intensive Language Program: Ted Peebles