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LASC is pleased to announce a new spring course, LASC448X Art and Sexuality in Latin America. Find out more here.

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Interested in understanding and exploring Latin America and the Caribbean?

The Latin American Studies Center (LASC) at the University of Maryland is your gateway to the region. The Center provides:
  • Courses on Latin America and the Caribbean and related topics, taught in both English and Spanish

  • Spanish, Portuguese, and Nahuatl language instruction

  • A space for research on a wide range of subjects including Latin American cultures, democracy, governance, civil society, labor, gender, literature, ethnicity, and migration

  • Outreach programs in nearby Latino communities

  • National and international conferences and symposia

  • Internships in public, private, and non-governmental organizations

  • Study abroad programs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean


Meet The Staff


Laurie Frederik
Department: Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
Office: 2147 Taliaferro Hall
e-mail: Lfred@umd.edu

Laurie Frederik is associate professor of performance studies in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and director of LASC. She has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago, specializes in the role of artists and intellectuals in Cuban and Latin America, and is interested in subversive cultural movements and national identity. Her book,Trumpets in the Mountains: Theater and the Politics of National Culture in Cuba, was published by Duke University Press in 2012. Her newest research examines legal culture and courtroom testimony in the United States and Puerto Rico and will be the subject of her next book.

Program Coordinator

Jennifer Sanchez
Office: 2151 Taliaferro Hall
Phone: 301-405-9626
E-mail: lasc@umd.edu


Jennifer Sanchez, the LASC program coordinator, received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and International Affairs from James Madison University in Virginia. After living in Spain for several years teaching English and doing translation work, she returned to the United States and found employment as a community health educator in Anne Arundel county, Maryland, working with Latino families and adolescents. She joined the Latin American Studies Center in the fall of 2012.

Graduate Assistant

Sabrina González
Office: 2145 Taliaferro Hall
Phone: 301-405-9626
E-mail: sabgonz1@umd.edu

Sabrina González is an Argentinian PhD student in the History Department. She graduated from Universidad Nacional de La Matanza, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a BA in Social Communication. She is currently working on her thesis to complete her Master's in History from Universidad Nacional de San Martin in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She comes to the University of Maryland to work towards a PhD in Latin American History, with specific emphasis on anarchism and educational experiences at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Office Assistant

Marda Mengesha

Marda is a third year undergraduate here at UMD. She is majoring in Neurobiology and Physiology and minoring in Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball and practicing piano. She's very passionate about learning new languages and meeting new people of different cultures! Here at LASC, Marda assists in managing social media communications and handles general office responsibilities. She has been with LASC since her freshman year and is looking forward to another great year!

Office Assistant

Daniela Pardo

Daniela is a first-year undergraduate at UMD. She is currently undecided but leaning towards Marketing and Graphic Design. She is also very passionate about her Latino culture and is proud to represent it. Her hobbies include drawing, listening to music, and running. One of her many goals is to travel the world and learn about many cultures; so far she has visited 9 countries. At LASC Daniela works with social media, graphic design, and helps to keep the office running smoothly. This is her first year working at LASC but is very excited to be here!



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Latin American Studies Center
2151 Taliaferro Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 405-9626
Email: lasc@umd.edu