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The Latin American Studies Center at the University of Maryland is an interdisciplinary center that invites students to learn about Latin America and the Caribbean through academic courses and cultural events and to meet others with similar interests. For over 30 years the center has been active in promoting faculty and student research, bringing visiting scholars, hosting conferences and events, and working in the community.


Latin America and the Caribbean

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

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