Department of History

Latin American History

Indiana University has a great deal to offer students considering graduate study in Latin American history. The program offers a wide range of expertise, covering Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile from the colonial period to the present. Our faculty is particularly strong in oral history, collective memory, political culture, women and gender, law, literature, labor, social movements, cultural history, slavery, migration, racial and ethnic issues. Our faculty’s diverse and complementary interests have allowed us to offer a variety of graduate courses in Latin American History.

The varied strength of our Department allows students the freedom and resources to work on a variety of dissertation topics and many options for minor field study. Recent Latin American history students have chosen minors in Gender and Sexuality, U.S. History, African History, Russian History, World History, African Diaspora History, Modern Europe and Cultural History.

Our students in Latin American history have performed exceptionally well in national competitions for research grants. In recent years they have received three Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowships, two Social Sciences Research Council Fellowships, a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion Fellowship, an American Association of University Women Doctoral Fellowship, an Erasmus Institute Residential Fellowship, a Center for US-Mexican Studies Fellowship, an Institute for the Study of World Politics Fellowship, and three James Scobie Memorial Awards. Our students also can draw upon distinguished Latin Americanist faculty outside the History Department and excellent library holdings.

More details about Latin American history at IU can be found at

Affiliated Faculty

For information on our Graduate program requirements and guidelines see the “Guide to Graduate Study in History”, “Graduate School Bulletin” and the “Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Guidelines”.